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The Ultralight Hiker on the Dusky Track

30/01/2023: What kind of pill should you take – I choose the white pill: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2023/01/29/take-the-white-pill/


30/01/2023: NASA has reignited its nuclear propulsion rocket system it cancelled with Omega decades ago: https://www.sciencealert.com/new-nasa-nuclear-rocket-plan-aims-to-get-to-mars-in-just-45-days?fbclid=IwAR3slVtRk0ONpaShEauzboR__ZxtL-dMyuwTYDnSkPpWuIxm4BUuTW9r0sg


30/01/2023: Will the public ever see a ‘No’ case? https://www.spectator.com.au/2023/01/voice-referendum-doomed/


30/01/2023: Eagles are probably incapable of learning to avoid wind turbines: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/28/guardian-google-are-not-trying-hard-enough-to-censor-climate-deniers/


29/01/2023: Interesting New Windscreen: A reader drew my attention to this interesting piece of parallel evolution. The X-Boil is a roll-up windscreen very similar to my roll-up titanium stove which I posted about here a year earlier than the X-Boil. I made later modifications to it in pots here and here, though until last week when Craig alerted me to it I had never heard of X-Boil. I have copied the photo of it from their site - I hope they don't mind - I don't speak (or write) German.

It has an interesting button-loop closure which is another solution to the hook and eye type ‘chimney’ closure I finally settled on. I think the latter has perhaps slightly less ‘give’ in it which may be preferable in the field.

X-Boil has come up with some added ventilation options (which Craig seems to think mine needs), though I have not as yet found this myself. I have to congratulate X-Boil on the modification to the upper edge which allows for the use of a frypan. This is an outstanding idea. As a keen Ultralight Fisherman I wholly endorse this change and will incorporate it in my next model. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2023/01/28/interesting-new-windscreen/

29/01/2023: Lunch Atop A Skyscraper: The Story Behind The 1932 Photo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7QCYDzsQ_yM


29/01/2023: How well do these Nato tanks measure up – and will they need to send nukes next? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11674247/M1-Abrams-tank-vs-Leopard-2-Challenger-2-differences.html


29/01/2023: It had to happen: Denmark calls for mandatory military service for women: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.straitstimes.com%2Fworld%2Feurope%2Fdenmark-calls-for-mandatory-military-service-for-women


28/01/2023: Garden Doings: (Della) We often see satin bowerbirds in the garden at fruit-ripening time, but yesterday gave us a special treat: I discovered a hesitant fledgling bowerbird that had been separated from his frantic mother by a flock of noisy cockatoos wheeling overhead. Mum was flying about and calling from a nearby tree, and you can see her join her baby in the video before being frightened off again by a lone cocky. Eventually (after I had retreated with my camera) they were able to find enough peace to reunite and fly to safety together. Welcome to our newest eater of the windfall apples and other fruity delicacies from our garden. The other random pic is one of my giant birds of paradise trees that I caught flowering spectacularly whilst I still had camera in hand.





28/01/2023: So much can still be learned from ancient thinkers such as Epicurus and Buddha: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2023/jan/26/living-for-pleasure-by-emily-a-austin-an-epicurean-guide-to-happiness


28/01/2023: The Left and their ‘trigger warnings’ meet Shakespeare and Beowulf – It could get ugly: https://jonathanturley.org/2023/01/26/tragedy-might-be-triggering-british-universities-add-warnings-for-greek-and-shakespearean-plays/


28/01/2023: Who knows whether this Project Veritas story is true or not; we may never know. I certainly believe that the power of evil is immense and that the forces of good have always fought a rearguard action against it. In this instance I long ago observed that Pfizer had undoubtedly suborned a myriad of ‘important’ folk (politicians, health bureaucrats etc) with cash payments in order to further their profits – indeed long before they discovered the awesome cash potential of the coronavirus: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/blockbuster-claims-in-video-of-pfizer-executive-making-mutant-viruses-capturing-official-agencies/


28/01/2023: It isn’t the Virgin Mary or Jesus but it certainly looks like a bear: https://www.sciencealert.com/astronomers-just-discovered-a-bear-on-mars


27/01/2023: The Dark Harbour Hermits:

“There’s many a coat that is tattered and torn, 

That beneath lies a true honest heart. 

But because he’s not dressed like his neighbors in style, 

Society keeps them apart. 

For on one fortune smiles, while the other one fails, 

Yes, no matter what venture he tries. 

Time calls them both to the grave in the end, 

And six feet of earth makes us all one size.” 



27/01/2023: If someone else was massacring whales, birds and bats as the Greens are, you would expect someone to get upset – at least the Greens would get upset, surely? https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/the-strange-coincidence-of-the-offshore-wind-industry-and-178-dead-whales/


27/01/2023: Heart attacks up 17%, but who cares? https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/fatal-heart-attacks-up-17-percent-in-australia/ This will bankrupt Pfizer: https://www.spectator.com.au/2023/01/breaking-the-silence-do-mrna-vaccine-harms-outweigh-benefits/


27/01/2023: All along our coastline you can see this same evidence that sea level has actually fallen – just open your eyes. Then maybe you will begin to doubt the global warming doomsters. Sea level has (naturally) been falling since the Holocene (maximum  6-8000 years ago) the warmest period between the great ice ages when the earth was at its warmest. Since then we have been slowly moving back into another ice age. Don’t expect to be able to walk to Tasmania very soon though: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/22/sea-level-update-from-noosa-national-park-queensland-australia/


26/01/2023: On this day in 1778 Della's great great great grandfather Private Lawrence Richards Plymouth Marines on board Prince of Wales arrived Sydney Cove with his wife Mary and son Samuel (born on the voyage thus maybe the first Australian). They were the first settlers on Norfolk Island and later had land at Bankstown (near where Della was born). Lawrence (and his son William) served in the 102nd regiment till 1810 and thence in the 73rd Regiment (the Black Watch) until his retirement in 1816. Not many of us can claim a 'First Fleeter' in our ancestry.


26/01/2023: I have always loved butter, cream etc. Now I know for sure it was good for me too: https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2018/07/cheese-butter-not-necessarily-linked-to-death/565253/


26/01/2023: Forget about the lithium and cobalt shortage; there is just not enough plain old copper in the ground for the ‘net zero revolution’. It is madness to mandate the impossible as Canute demonstrated: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/24/the-copper-conundrum/


26/01/2023: Maybe you can remember when Jacinta Price warned that dropping the welfare cash card controls would lead to a spike in alcohol fueled violence (especially against women) in remote communities. Then Albanese and his mates decided to end alcohol bans as well – because they were ‘racist’, even though the victimized women wanted them. Now without recourse to a ‘Voice’ at all, he has re-introduced them. What’s next? Another Howard style military intervention at hell-holes like Wadeye which is doubtless just as bad (if not worse) than it was back then? https://www.spectator.com.au/2023/01/albos-alice-alcohol-back-flip/


26/01/2023: There is a point where I cease to be a libertarian and echo those who would see the death penalty for child molesters. I think I now want to include fantasy child molesters in this too: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/predatory/instagram-slammed-for-letting-child-sex-dolls-to-be-sold-online-as-border-force-seizes-illegal-trade/news-story/cbedb136cae4afbd23cdc284a8d8ed77


25/01/2023: How good are ‘scientific trials’? This (satirical) paper shows that there is no evidence that parachutes help: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/rct-study-shows-parachutes-make-no-difference-when-jumping-from-aircraft/


25/01/2023: Could ultrasound be the fountain of youth – it had better hurry up for me if it is: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fstudyfinds.org%2Fsound-waves-reversing-aging%2F


Another one here – will we live forever: https://12ft.io/proxy?ref=&q=https://studyfinds.org/anti-aging-gene-fountain-of-youth/


25/01/2023: The Land Rover Defender replacement is just about to hit the market: https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/spy-pics-ineos-grenadier-ute-breaks-cover-139231/?fbclid=IwAR3WPg7Qsb8DZVICQPUANvp7iPUXtnTXm9hZSyntvc8FYwzMJ65-k07iz1M


25/01/2023: You have to honour the spirit of sacrifice:




24/01/2023: A solar powered lighter – an expensive way to make your BIC renewable: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/solis-x-world-s-first-solar-rechargeable-lighter#/


24/01/2023: Let them eat bugs:  https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/01/let-them-eat-bugs.php But there already is a food production ‘crisis’: https://richardsonpost.com/michael-snyder/30286/the-worst-food-crisis-in-modern-history/


24/01/2023: Of course our climate thermometers are always perfectly sited (as they are supposed to be) with only (mown grass) within 50 metres or so of them - and there is no urban heat island effect by the growth of a huge city all around them: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2023/01/urbanization-effects-on-ghcn-temperature-trends-part-i-the-urbanization-characteristics-of-the-ghcn-stations/  & https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/jolly-odd-what-sydney-observatory-record-cold-spell-broken-with-help-from-awol-solar-panel/


24/01/2023: You and I who have lived in the bush all our lives (and love it) would call it ‘alienation’: https://scitechdaily.com/natures-decline-the-distance-between-humans-and-nature-is-growing/


23/01/2023: So, birds were around before the dinosaurs vanished: https://scitechdaily.com/evolving-backward-discovery-overturns-more-than-a-century-of-knowledge-about-the-origin-of-modern-birds/


23/01/2023: China may be going down the gurgler: https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2023-1-19-in-china-things-are-heading-south-quickly


23/01/2023: Yeah, sure. The boys will love their new quiet choppers – and buy them like crazy: https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/news/harley-davidson-will-soon-be-all-electric-ceo-says/ar-AA16zEgK?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=edb475dccdbf485bb961be3fe042063c


23/01/2023: 15 Reasons Completely Unrelated To The Vaccine People Are Dying Suddenly: https://babylonbee.com/news/15-reasons-completely-unrelated-to-the-vaccine-people-are-dying-suddenly


22/01/2023: Buzz still has the right stuff: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/special-punch-in-honor-of-buzz-aldrins-93rd-birthday/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/famous-astronaut-marries-93-excited-eloping-teenagers/


22/01/2023: Norwegian government funds research to find out if white paint is racist: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Ftpn.net%2Fnorwegian-government-funds-research-to-find-out-if-white-paint-isracist%2F


22/01/2023: Rats had a bad press: https://www.sciencealert.com/we-might-have-been-wrong-about-the-role-rats-played-in-the-black-death


22/01/2023: Duh: “When you start to think about it, it’s pretty extraordinary that we – a select group of human beings, because of whatever touched us at some point in our lives – are able to sit in a room and come together and actually talk about saving the planet…It’s so… almost extra-terrestrial to think about, saving the planet. If you say that to most people most people, they think you’re just a crazy tree hugging and lefty liberal, you know, do-gooder, whatever.” John Kerry at Davos


21/01/2023: ‘Only Irish coffee provides in a single glass all four essential food groups: alcohol, caffeine, sugar and fat.’ Alex Levine


21/01/2023: Graphene Fabrics on the way: https://backpackinglight.com/forums/topic/graphene-embedded-polymers/

21/01/2023: This will work out well: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/it-takes-5-days-to-charge-a-hummer-ev/

21/01/2023: Let them not eat cake: https://www.zerohedge.com/medical/british-food-tsar-hints-cake-ban-office-compares-health-harms-passive-smoking

20/01/2023: Leeks were eaten in ancient Rome and regarded as superior to garlic and onions: https://www.epicurious.com/ingredients/geeked-about-leeks-recipes-gallery 

20/01/2023: Anti-aging is on the way, but hurry up guys: https://www.science.org/content/article/two-research-teams-reverse-signs-aging-mice

20/01/2023: These ‘elites’ are just barking mad: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/its-a-cult-the-wef-are-the-select-few-touched-as-saviors-of-the-world-to-master-the-future/

20/01/2023: Viagra anyone? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-11649627/Viagra-users-25-likely-suffer-early-death.html

19/01/2023: “Your husband is a polar bear, skinny.”: https://apnews.com/article/fema-alaskan-native-wrong-translations-707ab611f0d171ae2e34fc3f284454a7

19/01/2023: Wonnangatta Again: After three days of (once again poorly reported) ‘evidence’ I think we can begin to piece together the solution to this ‘mystery’: Russell had visited the area a week before (if you remember). Almost certainly this was to choose a campsite and quite probably to get in a good supply of firewood. At ‘normal’ times when there are few folks about this might have worked out, but not a week before a holiday long weekend. On this occasion when he arrived there were (presumably) already two cars camped at ‘his’ site, one of them Lynn, the other the man in the white ute whom we have not heard from yet – presumably he did not have a phone! A lesson there for future ‘murderers’! It will be interesting to learn when/why he left. Witnesses have described Hill as a ‘grumpy old man’ and we have heard before about his becoming involved in an altercation with the ‘Button Man’ when he also decided to camp at (or too close to) the latter’s campsite. I’m sure we have all encountered people like that, unfortunately. The witnesses also expressed surprise that Russell ‘decided’ to camp right next to the other two campers (when there are around forty kilometers of river to camp along for less than 200 people even on a holiday weekend). It seems likely that the situation was inflamed further by Hill flying his drone over Lynn’s camp, presumably after dark when they were both likely liquored up too! My guess is that Lynn shot the drone down with his shotgun which I’m sure many of us might feel like doing in a similar situation. Police forensics experts suggest that Hill came to Lynn’s camp and seized Lynn’s shotgun. During a struggle over the shotgun it went off, shooting Clay in the head. She was doubtless hovering around trying to stop them fighting. No doubt this further enraged Hill who perhaps had the shotgun in his hands by then and when Lynn feared for his life (properly so probably) he stabbed Hill perhaps in ‘self-defence’. All this was very tragic but if it had happened say at Tidal River in front of lots of witnesses he may even not have served any gaol time at all. Unfortuntaely he decided to cover the whole situation up and flee. These were his substantive crimes (that and having a shotgun where only a deer rifle is permitted), probably ones which don’t carry a much longer gaol time than he has already served! In any case those of us who enjoy camping in the High Country can again do so without fear of being stalked by homicidal madmen – though I think we need to learn the lesson that we should spread out more and not fly drones over each others’ camps!

19/01/2023: Maybe you voted to make this possible? I did not: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/update-gruesome-details-released-gay-activist-couples-crimes-adopted-sons-warning-content/

19/01/2023: ‘Racial’ classification is just nuts, whether it is the US, Oz, Nazi Germany or apartheid South Africa. A ‘drop’ of blood from ‘another race’ does not make you any different from the rest of humanity, I’m sorry. All you are, all you should want to be, is human. I could claim to be French (one-eight) or Irish (three eighths) for example. I suspect there is even some negro/gypsy in there way back. A cousin’s DNA analysis (I have not done one) indicates this likelihood. Della could claim to be Scottish (half) or even Jewish (one eighth – ‘Jewish’ is a religion, surely?) but all we really are is Australian people. The very idea that people should have some sort of ‘special government’ or ‘special treatment’ on account of their supposed ‘race’ (whether it is a benefit or a ‘disadvantage’) is just truly abhorrent. The ‘Voice’ is a disgusting idea, best quickly buried. One Australia for all – a land of free people, please: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2023/01/our-insane-racial-classifications.php

18/01/2023: SpaceX is just great: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/spacex-launch-is-awesome-and-thats-how-we-will-land-on-mars/

18/01/2023: Wonnangatta Murders: Goodness knows how this will work out, but by the third day police seem to have one clear piece of evidence which will damn Lynn – Russell’s phone at Mt Hotham at (roughly) the same time as Lynn’s car was captured on a camera there. Very hard to explain this away otherwise than that he was implicated in their deaths – unless the times don’t quite match. Others no doubt used the same route out as the road to Jamieson was (unexpectedly) closed

One would think that the phone would have been switched off, yet nonetheless ‘modern’ ‘fixed battery’ phones now have a supplementary battery which keeps time/geolocation alive even so. Edward Snowden alerted us to the ‘spooks’s ability to track this (after the event) even if no search warrant had been issued (before the event) – and it appears he is right. Future crims will be alerted to this if they had not been by 1990s Bruce Willis movies! Astonishing that an airline pilot (who should have known better) carried these phones so far. My own ‘guess’ was that the murderer would have disposed of the bodies and such evidence as soon as possible (before reaching ‘populated’ areas) – but not this guy apparently.

The first day of ‘evidence’ was weird – and made no sense. ‘Witnesses’ gave ‘evidence’ of events completely contrary to the ‘known’ movements of the couple from nearly two years ago now, ie that they called their friend around 3:00 pm on the Friday afternoon 20th March from the Howitt Road  outside the valley (for directions) then drove into the Wonnangatta (Dry Creek) and called him again at 6:00pm 20th March saying he had just arrived at camp in the Valley. The previous night (Thursday 19th March) they had (‘always’) spent on the Howitt Plains outside the valley – the haunt of the so-called ‘Button Man’ – if you recall all previous reports of their movements. One wonders why police had interviewed that individual if phone records (pings from the Howitt Rd) showed the couple driving into the Wonnangatta (down the Zeka Track) on the 19th – a day earlier than previously supposed, and so had been nowhere near his camp. Their burnt out car was found around lunchtime on the Saturday 21st March. These two witnesses are claiming they saw the missing couple  camp at Dry Creek in the Wonnangatta on Thursday 19th then that they heard shots on the Friday morning 20th (so what?) and saw the couple afterwards at a graveyard (Wonnangatta Station Homestead) and again driving into the Dry Creek Camp also on the 20th where there were apparently two cars, a blue Nissan and a white ute. I wonder what route these guys took out of the valley?

Still, further police evidence yesterday (presumably geolocation from Lynn’s phone) claims that he revisited the spot where the bodies were buried again in May and November of the same year as the ‘disappearance’. He would need pretty compelling excuses for these three marks against him, but it is all circumstantial after all and not forensic evidence

18/01/2023: Our masters need their mistresses who can be flown in by jet plane (all at the public expense – what a trough!) whilst we peddle bicycles and eat bugs: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/report-high-priced-prostitutes-descend-davos-high-powered-leaders-world-economic-forum/

18/01/2023: The Albanese communist government’s ‘reforms’ of the gas industry are not working out well –if you try to control prices you curtail supply: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/the-government-waved-a-magic-wand-and-turned-the-gas-industry-into-a-stone/

17/01/2023: Nuclear power in your pocket? ‘Soon’ to come for future ultralight hikers: https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2023/01/nuclear-power-cell-for-space-satellites-that-are-cup-size-instead-of-dishwasher-size.html

17/01/2023: The Shed: If only all of us could triumph over the ‘planners’ as this old man did: https://www.spectator.com.au/2023/01/the-old-mans-tale/

17/01/2023: Remember when electricity cost <$30/meg and we had a reliable supply: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2023/01/12/south-australia-does-it-again/


17/01/2023: Excess deaths likely caused by MRNA vaccines: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/temporary-morgues-built-across-uk-due-unprecedented-increase-excess-deaths/

16/01/2023: DIY Shoulder Pouches: My new Zpacks Arc Haul Ultra came without shoulder pockets (or pouches) as I could so easily make my own, as I have done this morning (forgetting to photograph the process too sorry!) If you have ‘recently) purchased a sewing machine as I have (often) suggested, you can make a pair too. I hope this post helps you do so.

I measured the space on the pack where they would have to fit and came up with dimensions of my four pieces of material as follows. Two pieces for the pack strap sleeves that started at 7″ x 6″ and two pieces for the pouches that stated at 6″ x 15″. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2023/01/15/diy-shoulder-pouches/

16/01/2023: Ibn Battutah, The Islamic Marco Polo. “Whereas Marco Polo was rather tight-lipped about sex, Ibn Battutah seems to have copulated his way across the then-known world with hundreds of slave girls, concubines, and temporary “wives.” He also left more than a few offspring in his wake. His trip lasted 29 years and was three times the length of Marco Polo’s. He writes about not only what he actually experienced, but also includes gossip, rumors, and legends about the things and the people he encountered. Some of it is rather horrifying.”: https://www.amazon.com/Travels-Battutah-Macmillan-Collectors-Library/dp/1909621471/ref=asc_df_1909621471/?tag=hyprod-20&linkCode=df0&hvadid=312021455910&hvpos=&hvnetw=g&hvrand=3526682798586221892&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=c&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9003435&hvtargid=pla-489921632055&psc=1


16/01/2023: In case you don’t think the transgender cult has gone too far: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/01/frankenstein-.html


16/01/2023: Frankly I think gas stoves were just about the best kitchen ‘invention’. We would not be without ours: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/14/calls-to-ban-gas-stoves-are-anti-science-anti-freedom-and-anti-energy/


16/01/2023: Electric cars are not working out well for the UK. People can’t afford to either buy them or charge them. They won’t work out any better here either: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/uk-electric-cars-sales-fall-people-cant-afford-to-run-them-on-wind-and-solar-grid/ 

15/01/2023: Finnsheep - Unexpected second lambing. This fourteen year old ewe has lambed unexpectedly for the second time this year. I hardly expected her to live (She had been quite ill after her first lambing back in August), let alone do this. She has been a spectacular ewe with four working teats who has often raised quads (when she was younger).

She and another brilliant old ewe have been in a small ‘retirement’ paddock just in case they happened to raise a bonus lamb (in 2023) after a long and productive life (around forty lambs raised each - in paddock conditions).

I have had a very special young triplet ram in with them just so he doesn’t get hurt by the other rams as he has outstanding genetics and we really want progeny from him (later this year).

I was very surprised to see her with this (second, unplanned) out-of-season lamb at foot this morning. It is only one but it is a four-teated ewe lamb - so somewhat like winning the lottery for us.


The proud dad:



Here she is with a set of quads last year.



Finnsheep can relatively easily be managed to lamb twice per year. We have clients with thousands of our Finnsheep in air-conditioned sheds eg in the Middle East) raising 6+ lambs per year over two lambings: http://www.finnsheep.com


We do not usually lamb ours the second time because there is not enough stock feed here in summer to raise a second lambing well so it is too hard on the ewe and the lambs.


15/01/2023: “I do not own a coal mine. I am a professor of literature at an American college. We professors, like the mine owners, do not do hard manual labour for a living. Unlike those mine owners, if I may speak generally, we spend none of our time around such men. We do not break bread with them, we do not live near them, we do not worship at the same church, our children do not see one another on the streets. We are almost entirely insulated from the exigencies of bodily life. We do not grow our own fruit and vegetables, we do not build our own homes, we do not raise our own livestock, we do not dig our own wells, we do not repair our own vehicles, we do not clear our own fields, we do not pave our own driveways and roads, we do not lay the bricks for our own schools, we do not fight our own fights.” Anthony Esolen, reflecting on John Ford’s great movie, ‘How Green was My Valley’ (& who also does not know what a semi-colon is). Far too many like him – and yet unlike, for most show no remorse and are ever assured of their own superiority! God save us from the ‘elites’: http://www.frontporchrepublic.com/2014/01/theres-equality-theres-equality/


15/01/2023: The nation state is increasingly a prison and moreso a ‘panopticon’ one where we should certainly believe ‘we are being watched’,  as we have no control over ubiquitous cameras and microphones which (are intended to) surveil us and control us. The prospects for ‘liberty’ are dismal. It is still (though barely) within living memory that the passport was invented (an ‘emergency World War 1 measure – like the income tax – Yes!) it is not just our movement across (so-called) international borders which is circumscribed but increasingly our movement within our own areas and nations. The so-called covid ‘pandemic’ was either invented for the purpose or eagerly morphed into a vehicle for such social control. Who could have believed before then that (‘free’) Australians could be limited to their own homes or a very restricted neighbourhood – and all their other (social) activities likewise entombed in red-tape, even our ‘rights’ to work and worship, for example. There was very little ‘push-back’ against this – though you may have noticed (for example) Della and I continuing to ‘sneak out’ now and then for a camping trip in the Vic mountains (& etc) in defiance of ‘Dictator Dan’s’ edicts, though we were (from the outset) more careful than most to avoid infection – just common sense really. (And may I add, better prepared to treat it than any Oz government). We have (at least) three tiers of ‘Government’ in Australia and that is not counting all the bureaucrats and various official and unofficial ‘police’. This trammeling up is best exemplified by the explosive growth  of rules and regulations (and cops). During the first year (alone) of John Cain’s government in Victoria he was proud to have passed more pages of statutes than had existed in the whole 150 years of Victoria’s history up to then. I am not making this up. Since then every successive Australian government (including local) has sought to excel his record – often successfully. Tony Abbott’s government alone actually tried to (successfully) reduce this burden. I have never even been convinced that the ‘nation state’ is/was a ‘good idea’. It would be interesting to watch a debate about this issue – wouldn’t it? Or that the idea of ‘government’ itself is! Without doubt there are other (likely better) ways of doing things which most people over most of time have employed. Or should. Really.


14/01/2023: The last free people…I was wondering around 3:00am what has become of them. Do any exist in the brave new world order which has been building its walls and stringent controls all around us. You know, people like the Lapps and Samoyeds – the reindeer people, and the various gypsy tribes for example. What an astonishing achievement by the former. Imagine domesticating reindeer which can live where there is only (inedible) moss to eat, and yet move about with them and thrive in the most inhospitable of wildernesses- and sustain a lively culture. The closing of the Soviet borders must have had a profound effect on them. When we were in Nepal we were talking with a Sherpa in Namche who observed that when he was a child with his family moving back and forth through the high passes from Tibet one of the greatest dangers was wolves (one of ) which could take a full-grown yak!. That way of life ceased when the Chinese imprisoned the Tibetan people (in 1956). I guess ‘everyone knows’ that the Nazis murdered over 90% of Europe’s gypsies (a much larger percentage even than Jewish people). The ossification of the nation state since the Second World War must have further trammeled what is left. (Interesting to note that before the First World War no passports existed or were required anywhere). Of course surveyors and land-owners have further restricted the movement and ‘rights’ of nomadic peoples who must have enjoyed (intermittently) the same tracts of land perhaps for thousands of years until someone else decided ‘they’ owned them. Older owners no doubt continued to recognize the traditional camping practices of Romanies (etc) on their estates but as those properties have changed hands (and the ‘common lands’ disappeared) the ‘traveling folk’ must have been increasingly circumscribed. I know many people still dream of ‘taking to the road’ eg becoming ‘grey nomads’ etc, but such choices are being limited more and more by bureaucrats and other nasties. Is there any prospect for freedom at all in our future? I’m sometimes glad I will not be around to see it.


14/01/2023: Surviving the Holocaust but not our Brave New World (Order): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/holocaust-survivor-hiding-ordered-psychiatric-institution-german-court-faces-forced-covid-vaccine/


14/01/2023: Let’s see the Greens get behind this one: https://www.world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Holtec-claims-SMR-160-can-repurpose-any-coal-fired?fbclid=IwAR0b0sVTcF6VChSoXpsPcrlhKQqfaIScHKq1THqyMiQovafVtEPpJGQm02A


14/01/2023: Antarctic icebergs have not changed in 300 years; so much for catastrophic global warming: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/2000-gigatons-of-plant-wrecking-co2-and-icebergs-around-antarctica-are-the-same-as-the-1700s/


13/01/2023: Why ‘Adam’s Ale’ is the best drink: https://edition.cnn.com/2023/01/02/health/hydration-disease-aging-death-risk-study-wellness/index.html


13/01/2023: Much as they tout ‘diversity’ the elites in fact favor only conformity, so innovation is stifled: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/its-official-everywhere-in-science-theres-a-mysterious-lack-of-ground-breaking-papers/


13/01/2023: Big Brother is watching you: A friend points out that  WA are trying to introduce legislation that will consider anyone that is working from home will have their home deemed a workplace, which will then fall under the same state workplace OH & S and right of access by government department and union officials.


13/01/2023: War of the Worlds #1 – Are we Martians then? https://scitechdaily.com/researchers-discover-mars-may-have-had-the-conditions-for-life-before-earth/

12/01/2023: Don’t miss the rare green comet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T9DTkxXoQqw 

12/01/2023: When Labour’s William Beveridge ‘invented’ ‘The Welfare State’ in 1942 ‘his goal was ‘the abolition of want’. Labor has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams: Want has all but been abolished: fewer and fewer want to work, want to marry, want to raise children, want to lead a life of any purpose or dignity’ (Steyn) ‘The welfare state is the oldest con game in the world. First you take people’s money away quietly then you give some of it back to them flamboyantly,’ Thomas Sowell.

12/01/2023: Where are the greens when you pave over 5,000 square kilometers with solar panels or  clear the forest and halt the wind with so many wind turbines – not to mention the god-alone-knows what effects of all the monstrous transmission cables: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/big-solar-goes-big-bust-largest-solar-plant-in-the-world-dies-before-it-can-be-built/

12/01/2023: I notice that the radical left have been eager to celebrate the death of George Pell – a death no doubt hastened by their vitriolc witch hunt of a demonstrably innocent man. Instead, we should be celebrating the life of one of Australia’s outstanding intellectuals and faith leaders: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/01/tony-abbotts-statement-on-the-death-of-cardinal-pell-ac.html 

11/01/2023: "If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing poorly." G.K. Chesterton

11/01/2023: Really, what’s wrong with being a man, manly even? I’m sure the women and children of the Birkenhead (and millions like them) agree with me: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2023/01/11/its-time-to-celebrate-men-and-masculinity/



11/01/2023: Beware of pollies trying to sell pigs in pokes: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/01/therapeutic-albanese-couldnt-be-clearer-about-the-voice-vote-first-find-out-what-for-later.html BTW: A ‘poke’ (bag) is a cognate of ‘pocket’.


11/01/2023: The poor old elephant – who could have known: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/huge-elephant-dies-suddenly-we-dont-know-why-but-we-know-it-wasnt-that-one-thing/


10/01/2023: When even the Labor right (does it still have one?) become worried about Defence you should too: https://spectator.com.au/2023/01/bombers-defence/


10/01/2023: How mandated car seats actually ‘kill’ children. These things and other such social programmes are really depopulation strategies. We have entered an era when only junk people can ‘afford’ to have children. This will not end well: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3665046


09/01/2023: The world’s first analogue computer from the genius which was ancient Greece: https://tocharus.substack.com/p/ancient-greek-analogue-computer


09/01/2023: Common sense on tax and money from the great Ronald Reagan: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/01/homespun-genius-from-the-late-great-ronald-reagan.html


09/01/2023: Della and I have been ‘green’ all along without even knowing it: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/08/new-york-times-there-has-never-been-a-better-time-to-be-short-mate-with-shorter-people-for-a-greener-planet-to-save-the/


09/01/2023: What an interesting idea: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/world/481990/londoner-solves-20-000-year-ice-age-drawings-mystery?fbclid=IwAR1E84dEqLFCa3nz1NlFzuTxcYkZcYeIhFyV5rnPfnZUMQzNS49-bbdo0FU


08/01/2023: How materials technology will change the world: https://bigthink.com/the-future/cellulose-nanocrystals/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2oBmFknKXHLzGkEJmbCW1mkhuM443bljYUhdo9gCCsXAxkSg5qKeJVu4I#Echobox=1673049074


08/01/2023: The art of ancient Roman concrete: https://www.sciencealert.com/we-finally-know-how-ancient-roman-concrete-was-so-durable?fbclid=IwAR3bjxGoeiGbiZ50ukBD3K4-1VizdPsxuM-b5jIjaDS24Alpyh1QsKDrPVw


08/01/2023: In 1800 there were 3 cities in the world with populations over 1 million. Now there are 442! This represents the major transformation of human life. We cannot hope to understand what makes the average human tick unless we understand their circumstances. Having lived in a city (reluctantly) for less than 8% of my life I admit to a deep ignorance. I pretty much hardly even know any 'city people'.


08/01/2023: When they are not killing birds and bats and producing no net electricity, they burn: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2023/01/smoking-ceremony-at-the-local-wind-farm.html


07/01/2023: Get ready: 6G is coming (for you): https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2023/01/230104231812.htm


07/01/2023: Once again zinc (50 mg a day in this case) is shown to be a ‘magic bullet’: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/if-only-our-universities-had-studied-this-earlier-zinc-may-have-stopped-40-of-covid-deaths/


07/01/2023: The Chinese Government seem to be rushing a range of science fiction scenarios: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/sellin-chinas-reseach-mosquitos-may-lead-using-mosquitos-bioweapon-delivery-platform/


07/01/2023: According to the satellite records the world is .05 of a degree warmer than the average for the last 44 years. It has varied by around half a degree up/down all that time. This is a dazzling unifomity. Who can really doubt that there is a natural thermostat which keep the temperature so stable? You would have to be a lunatic to believe that profound ‘climate change’ is imminent. The whole movement is just a wicked scam: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2023/01/uah-global-temperature-update-2022-was-the-7th-warmest-of-44-year-satellite-record/


06/01/2023: More details of the fate of the Franklin expedition slowly emerge. The extraordinary thing is that the ship was lost because it was unusually warm that year 150 years ago and has been colder ever since: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/66022


06/01/2023: Parsnips (and turnips) are very nutritious and delicious – what people ate before potatoes took over: https://insanelygoodrecipes.com/parsnip-recipes/


06/01/2023: Repatriating those ISIS war-brides is working out well: https://www.theepochtimes.com/isis-bride-who-allegedly-followed-husband-to-syria-arrested-in-australia_4963726.html


06/01/2023: If Sydney continues like this an Ice Age can’t be far off. Where is the alarmists’ response to this astonishing data: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/the-year-without-a-summer-in-2022-sydney-didnt-even-reach-32-degrees/


Where is that warming: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/04/the-new-pause-lengthens-100-months-with-no-warming-at-all/


05/01/2023: ‘It is God's gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil’: I’m sure you would not expect that quote from me an old avowed atheist, but one should always garner truth and wisdom from the past, not just throw it all away as so much old junk. Our Judaeo-Christian tradition has many such important lessons which it would be folly to forget. The pleasure to be found in physical work ought not be missed by anyone. It pains me how many folk are bored and indolent, whereas we never find a minute where we share that feeling. All our moments are busy ones.


This is probably my favourite Bible quote. If you are my age you may remember it better as being the words of a ‘Peter, Paul & Mary’ song! Read it in full, maybe even paste it on your wall. It is full of wonderful truths: Ecclesiastes 3:1-13:


3:1 ‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

3:2 a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;

3:3 a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

3:4 a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

3:5 a time to throw away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

3:6 a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

3:7 a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

3:8 a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.

3:9 What gain have the workers from their toil?

3:10 I have seen the business that God has given to everyone to be busy with.

3:11 He has made everything suitable for its time; moreover he has put a sense of past and future into their minds, yet they cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.

3:12 I know that there is nothing better for them than to be happy and enjoy themselves as long as they live;

3:13 moreover, it is God's gift that all should eat and drink and take pleasure in all their toil.’

05/01/2023: With maybe 20 million covid infections in a single city China has only recorded 22 Covid deaths since December. If true they are doing so much better than Oz where we had 240 deaths in a single day recently: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20230103-up-to-70-of-shanghai-population-infected-with-covid-top-doctor

05/01/2023: “If, a militarised, heavily armed Police force decides that it can take the law into its own hands, a great leap forward has been achieved in the progressive totalitarianism to which we are being subjected”. He argues the Qld police unit SERT had the capability to and was set up to arrest and detain just such armed ‘offenders’ as the Trains. Why then are they dead instead of facing trial so that we know the nature of their ‘crimes’? Trial by media is not the semantic equivalent of justice. https://newcatallaxy.blog/2023/01/04/what-happens-in-wieambilla-stays-in-wieambilla/ PS: Comments are interesting.

05/01/2023: Batteryland – another fantasy green dream like green hydrogen and renewables generally. Extracting sunbeams from cucumbers as Gulliver observed the crazed inhabitants of one of Swift’s fantasy lands attempting to do is just not a sensible energy or economic policy. You just can’t ‘plan’ to spend eight times the entire GDP on a battery which could never (materially) be built anyway, and likely would not work if you did. :  https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/even-in-battery-fantasy-dreams-the-costs-dont-make-sense/

04/01/2023: 1912 – what was the world like exactly 100 years ago? http://www.danielgreenfield.org/2022/12/december-31-1912.html

04/01/2023: Add this to the ‘smart switch on your electricity meter. Too many nasty things can be done to your freedom with the flick of a switch: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2023/01/big-brother-will-watch-drive-disgusting-infrastructure-bill-installs-kill-switches-new-vehicles-turns-america-police-state/

04/01/2023: Some more good news (maybe) – extinction rebellion quits: https://joannenova.com.au/2023/01/extinction-rebellion-quits-realizes-being-attention-seeking-vandals-isnt-winning/

04/01/2023: Home energy savings largely a sham. I would have thought so too as people build ever larger MacMansions and architects go for two-storey high rooms, oceans of glass and the like. The average weatherboard, timber floored home of the 1950s (which had proper ventilation for human health amongst other advantages - no strange ‘peanut’ allergies and the like back then) was half the size, and had ‘living’ rooms of approx 10-15 square metres (easy to heat) and no cooling of any sort, clearly used less than half the electricity of the ‘modern’ monstrosities. Goodness knows how we even survived the houses we built in the past! https://wattsupwiththat.com/2023/01/01/home-insulation-makes-little-difference-to-energy-consumption-new-study/

03/01/2023: Love conquers all – a good news story: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-64125531

03/01/2023: A plant which gave up photosynthesis: https://www.sciencealert.com/ethereal-new-plant-species-doesnt-use-photosynthesis-its-found-something-sneakier

03/01/2023: The mother of ‘conspiracy theories’ debunked: https://spectator.com.au/2023/01/lee-harvey-oswald-killed-jfk/

03/01/2023: No doubt all those folk who waited an hour or two to recharge their EVs over the holiday period will be rushing out to buy another one and advising their friends to do the same. Likewise the folks in Norway & etc who have discovered the cost of recharging is more than double the cost of filling up the old car with gasoline: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2022/12/painting-the-near-future-in-blackouts-and-green/

02/01/2023: Suppose you wanted to ditch Google Play Store: https://www.popsci.com/diy/f-droid-download/

02/01/2023: Just in case you need an ice age, here’s a great idea – and they’re implementing it without any discussion at all: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/go-wrong-startup-releases-particles-atmosphere-stop-climate-change/

02/01/2023: We can apparently look forward to blackouts which last several days (if we continue to follow Europe down the drain). In most of Australia people would not actually freeze solid as in Europe, but it won’t be fun either: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/blackouts-will-last-for-days-says-austrian-defence-minister-stock-up-now/

02/01/2023: A great essay Alexandra: https://spectator.com.au/2022/12/the-crimes-of-eco-fascism/

01/01/2023: Zpacks Arc Haul Ultra: I have been a fan of Joe Valesko’s Zpacks for nearly twenty years – back when he was just a lad sewing all the packs himself. We have kept in touch. I have tried many of his products as they became available and generally promoted them.

I doubt there has been any single person who has ‘pushed the envelope’ of the ultralight revolution quite as much as Joe. His firm has grown like topsy, which is a credit to him and I hope doesn’t give him too much stress with the responsibility of having to care for so many people and do so much work. I trust there is still plenty of time for family and for hiking.

I have a friend whose business grew so big he eventually had to sell it as it was making his life impossible. All he really wanted was to be like Maugham’s ‘The Verger’ – to have a very modest living. If you haven’t read the story, now is the time to do so. If you don’t read, you can watch it here. I’m afraid such modest ambitions are what I have stuck with since I first read the story in the sixth grade. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/12/31/zpacks-arc-haul-ultra/

01/01/2023: Instead of queueing from 10:00am to watch ‘pretty lights’ in the sky at midnight before going home to bed I’m afraid we went to bed at 10:00 pm and missed New Year altogether, our 52nd together actually. I really can’t believe that half a billion people ‘tuned in’ to watch the Sydney fireworks. Are we lemmings or what? If this is how it begins I have very little hope for 2023.

01/01/2023: A very powerful and insightful essay - Use These Five Easy Tricks to Identify the Marxist in the Room: https://pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2022/12/30/use-these-five-easy-tricks-to-identify-the-marxist-in-the-room-n1657219

01/01/2023: It is horrifying that children could be legally mutilated (castrated) by one parent against the wishes of the other and really without the child’s consent (being a minor). Women’s ‘rights’ have gone too far. It is hard to imagine the effect on this boy’s life when he grows to be an adult and realizes what was done to him – and what he lost: https://thepostmillennial.com/breaking-texas-supreme-court-rules-against-father-seeking-to-prevent-chemical-castration-of-his-son

31/12/2022: Bird-window collisions. I would have expected some more positive recommendations. On old-style windows with fly-screens (in my experience) they almost never happen. The suggestion that feeders should be placed near windows is interesting: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2022/12/221220113013.htm

31/12/2022: Time to ditch those ‘green’ investments: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/ouch-environmental-investors-lost-22-in-a-year-when-energy-investors-made-54-gains/

31/12/2022: It is fairly clear that the MRNA shots are not working but I would like more information about the efficacy of the conventional vaccines. I am seriously considering a booster of Novavax which seems particularly efficacious. I still have no particular desire to die from covid (if it can be prevented) though I never wanted the public to waste vast amounts of money preventing my death either (as they did). Cheap vaccination campaigns have been the backbone of cost-effective public health for a century now. It still seems (to me) that Ivermectin is more effective as an antiviral treatment than the expensive ones the drug companies have cooked up. Still plenty of sheep drench in our cupboard: https://www.conservativereview.com/horowitz-possibly-the-most-important-study-on-covid-shots-might-explain-why-covid-never-seems-to-end-2659039644.html

31/12/2022: The Faux Urgency of The Climate Crisis Is Giving Us No Time or Space To Build A Secure Energy Future. Some advice from one of the world’s pre-eminent climate scientists: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/28/the-faux-urgency-of-the-climate-crisis-is-giving-us-no-time-or-space-to-build-a-secure-energy-future/

30/12/2022: The long (geological) view of climate change: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/12/blame-jacinta/

30/12/2022: Worrying. Any excuse to increase the tyranny we now live under: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/tyranny-aussie-cops-demand-public-rat-neighbors-anti-government-believe-covid-19-conspiracy-theories/

Qld Police have also clearly been peddling a pack of lies about the Trains (who I admit might not have been exactly angels – who is?) For example the ‘new’ excuse for the police break in was that they were serving a warrant for ‘illegal guns’ but the only such (unsecured firearm) ‘offence’ seems to have been 25 years ago. As I said at the time, we may never know what this was all about, just that it is clearly not as it seems: https://richardsonpost.com/davidhiscox/29946/dob-in-a-covid-denier/

30/12/2022: The ‘Deep State’ ie unelected bureaucrats it seems are the ones leading an insurrection against the democratic will of the people and against our cherished historic freedoms in the US as in Oz and elsewhere. Why is it happening? https://richardsonpost.com/brian-c-joondeph/29913/deep-state-insurrection/

30/12/2022: German health minister says climate change travel restrictions and prohibited behaviour will be required: https://twitter.com/BernieSpofforth/status/1605820678585958401?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1605820678585958401%7Ctwgr%5E00bb104ca66591f801b94ba6d508d53ae91796d9%7Ctwcon%5Es1_&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fcitizenfreepress.com%2Fbreaking%2Feco-dictatorship-coming-your-way%2F

Why not bathe once a week instead? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/28/germanys-zdf-public-television-suggests-bathing-once-a-week-would-be-beneficial/

29/12/2022: Life will find a way: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/12/bin-chickens-chow-down-on-cane-toads/

29/12/2022: The Nord Stream mystery: https://dnyuz.com/2022/12/26/in-nord-stream-mystery-baltic-seabed-provides-a-nearly-ideal-crime-scene/

29/12/2022: When the police are useless (What else?) Well done girls: https://www.news5cleveland.com/news/local-news/mothers-intuition-how-2-indiana-moms-capture-suspect-rescue-missing-ohio-baby-kason-thomas

29/12/2022: Interesting: Men are no longer going to Uni – I suspect they are getting real jobs with real pay. Remember how they (similarly) quit being teachers a decade or two ago - and schools declined horribly? I bet they are all ‘hiding out’ in the private sector on better wages: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/victor-davis-hanson-asks-are-universities-doomed/

27/12/2022: Will ChatGPT replace you? It will certainly write your Uni/school essays anyway and may (I hope) mean that written exams become once again compulsory. I am tired of visiting a doctor (for example) who clearly isn’t, but whose exams were obviously all done by someone else. I at least can still tell the difference, but some of these AIs are becoming devilishly clever: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/chatgpt-has-artificial-intelligence-arrived-will-it-crush-google-or-just-become-google-2-0/

27/12/2022: So many Christian mysteries - not least Jesus’s brothers and sisters: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/12/brother-where-art-thou/

27/12/2022: Strange how minds work. I too have always been dubious about the ubiquity of evil, but it led me to question the existence of  God rather than move towards him: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/rush-limbaughs-brother-reveals-key-reality-led-skepticism-christian-faith/

27/12/2022: Before they began their wonderful ‘experiment with democracy’ under the communist terrorist Mandela South Africa was a prosperous country with a golden future, but no more. Is Oz also headed for a similar disastrous future under our adumbrated energy and racial remakes? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/south-africa-unraveling-army-called-in-to-protect-coal-plants-after-sabotage-theft-and-200-days-of-rolling-blackouts/

What an awful place it has become: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/holiday-hope-message-south-african-farm-attack-survivor-mariandra/

26/12/2022: Just worrying whether this is true: https://scitechdaily.com/common-sweetener-linked-with-anxiety-in-startling-new-research/

26/12/2022: The good news is that the world is not ending: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/22/the-world-is-not-ending-bjorn-lomborg-and-jordan-peterson/

26/12/2022: Is Santa Claus a communist? https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/12/10630768/

26/12/2022: Anyway, Peace on Earth: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/bing-crosby-and-david-bowie-sing-peace-on-earth/

25/12/2022: Ants for Xmas: Della: “So while everyone else is enjoying Christmas Eve, I have been enjoying a novel experiment. In preparation for our family Christmas celebration on Boxing Day I figured that people might not notice the rampant weed growth in my garden if I strategically pulled out the very biggest of the weeds. After only the first barrow-load I discovered this humongous bull-ant nest where I am sure none existed last autumn (For reference, the ant in the picture is on a flag-iris leaf).

I immediately Googled bull-ant nest eradication, and was fascinated to read that ants will not cross a chalk line drawn on a pavement as it interferes with their pheromones.


Ever the scientist, Steve immediately went out to the verandah, grabbed the kids’ playground chalk and drew a firm line in the middle of a sugar-ant trail. Amazingly, the ants immediately baulked at the line, turning around and running back the other way. Sadly the effect only lasted about 3 minutes: When Steve drew a further line that prevented entry to their nest, they baulked initially and then pushed on through.


Now I know that drinking a glass of prosecco is more fun than watching ants on Christmas Eve, but believe me, you can do both! Meanwhile, if you have any worthwhile tips on how to kill my unwelcome monster ants, let me know!


Merry Christmas everyone.”


Just a BTW: A single application of Brunnings Wasp & Ant Dust containing 10g/kg Permethrin made them disappear overnight! (likewise Jumping Jacks).

25/12/2022: Oh No: https://babylonbee.com/news/santas-sleigh-mistakenly-shot-down-by-ukrainian-missile

25/12/2022: Before you commit to the idea that Christmas is not well, Christian, maybe you should read these: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/12/24/guest-post-mother-lode-a-pagan-christmas/ & https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/nazis-fought-original-war-christmas-180961513/

25/12/2022: “Experts” Say Not To Joke About Cold Weather And Global Warming: Meanwhile: https://americandigest.org/the-gift-of-the-walmagi/

25/12/2022: The future of human hibernation: https://phys.org/news/2022-12-successful-hypothermia-nonhuman-primate-paves.html

24/12/2022: Is death the end? https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/a42216404/is-death-revesible/

24/12/2022: You would have to be a fool to think that the government isn’t always telling lies. Some examples: https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2022-12-21-you-must-assume-that-all-information-put-out-by-our-government-is-corrupt

24/12/2022: McDonalds opens its first automated restaurant. This (and unemployment) is what you get when you try to control wages (and prices): https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/video-from-first-robot-mcdonalds/

24/12/2022: With 240 people dying per day just now in Oz, maybe a booster dose of Novavax would be a good idea: https://newatlas.com/science/novavax-covid19-vaccine-omicron-booster/

23/12/2022: This can’t be true - surely there is only one movie plot: https://babylonbee.com/news/hallmark-researchers-say-they-are-close-to-developing-a-second-movie-plot

23/12/2022: The last Nazi war criminal to be convicted? https://nypost.com/2022/12/20/nazi-secretary-of-evil-97-convicted-by-german-court/

23/12/2022: If we did not have an Elon Musk we would have to invent  him – maybe there is hope for free speech yet: https://richardsonpost.com/bruce-thornton/29810/elon-musk-instigating-journalism/

23/12/2022: Meanwhile there are more polar bears than at any time in 60 years: https://www.frontpagemag.com/the-perpetually-endangered-polar-bears-are-doing-great/

21/12/2022: An astonishing underwater megalith teaches us how little really we know about the past: https://tocharus.substack.com/p/stone-megalith-at-the-bottom-of-the

21/12/2022: Osteoarthritis news - I definitely need this (and apparently you can get a script even if you don’t have Diabetes – this stuff also adds years to one’s life expectancy): https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/researchers-call-for-trial-of-metformin-as-potential-treatment-for-osteoarthritis/news-story/f5f22a8625d69d1ac3e5e15cf67fc754

21/12/2022: “It’s just a giant land and power grab by the UN, which has just finished another meeting for “Biodiversity.” Do you remember voting for this ‘world government’? Long since time we stopped handing them money and power, which is all they want after all: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/supercomputer-prophesy-of-the-sixth-mass-extinction-coming-like-an-asteroid-is-a-un-land-grab/

21/12/2022: Destroying capitalism from within: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/13-us-states-warn-that-monster-funds-are-buying-up-public-utilities/

19/12/2022: A Timely Reminder from Neil Oliver about the Importance of Christmas –and its enemies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9v-axg5CJqQ&t=722s

19/12/2022: Just how secure is our government: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-12-18/ato-tax-hacked-via-mygov-services-australia-exploit/101781656?fbclid=IwAR30ypKyqQ9E_g70kegnpkQMxYDMkBi8Rx36ATikkohofAUnnnClhDZv_fg

19/12/2022: Remember this (before it is too late):  “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Ben Franklin: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/12/buckle_up_bill_gates_and_the_globalists_quietly_conducted_a_new_exercise__catastrophic_contagion.html

19/12/2022: Big Brother is alive and well in NZ. If you don’t agree with the government you’re a terrorist: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/new-zealand-guide-turn-potential-terrorists-opposing-government-policies-including-covid-measures/

18/12/2022: The Sheep That Lambs in Litters: This year’s cohort of our amazing Finnsheep are about ready to go to their ‘forever  homes’. We were just shearing their dams and sires yesterday and crutching all the lambs, some of whom are waiting their turn here:

They have grown approx 1” of wool per month as you can see. They are (rougly( 4 1/2 months’ old now. They have grown a lot since they first popped out a few months ago:

Pure Finnsheep are the world’s most fertile sheep normally having 3-4 lambs. This fertility is carried on around six genes so that half Finns inherit (roughly) half of it, meaning that you can expect half and even quarter Finns to basically always have twins. They are also (unsually) a medium-fine longwool breed which means that they can also be used to improve the length and quality of your wool.

They were keen to get back into the paddock:

They look so much cleaner after they are shorn:

You can contact us here: http://www.finnsheep.com/ if you are interested in having some for Xmas.

18/12/2022: It really is almost certain that the vaccines caused the cases of myocarditis we have been seeing. I have long since lost hope that our masters will ever apologise for or even acknowledge the wrongs they have done us in the past: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/a-small-smoking-gun-study-shows-covid-vaccination-likely-led-to-fatal-myocarditis/

18/12/2022: Just another move towards a (panopticon) dictatorship: https://spectator.com.au/2022/12/pandoras-box-of-genes-orwells-dna-databases/

18/12/2022: The “Deep State’ is very worrying. How have these government agencies (CIA/FBI) etc become so powerful (and so sinister)? Tucker had an agent on the other day who admitted CIA involvement in the Kennedy assassination. Robert F Kennedy (his nephew) believes it was a coup d’etat. It is unlikely that similar dark doings are not redolent in Oz: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/deep-state-cover-up-twitter-was-a-subsidiary-of-the-fbi-and-cia-is-still-hiding-those-files-60-years-later/

16/12/2022: A ‘Train’ wreck that looks more and more like Waco and Ruby Ridge, ie state over-reach from the outset. Many (quite respectable) people still believe in a different vision of the role of government than the usual statist narrative. From their perspective government is the servant of the people and the sovereignty and liberty of the individual and private property take precedence to the extent even that they think the state has no lawful or constitutional ‘right of entry’ to their property (providing it is appropriately designated and they have committed no criminal act). They may well be right. I would certainly treat a locked gate and a ‘Keep Out’ sign as meaning ‘no right of entry’ myself.

I know I was astonished (and alarmed) during the first covid lockdown to have a young man tap on the window not 2’ away from me where I was sitting at my desk after 11:00pm one night. Our house is 100 metres off the road. He had climbed over our locked gate and tiptoed up our drive looking (he said) for a lost puppy! As this was the night after there had been a stolen car doing burn-outs on the road outside (we live on a quiet rural property) and was subsequent to the recent (still unsolved) brutalisation and murder of an elderly farmer locally under similar circumstances, I had every reason to be alarmed. I told him (through the window) that he was lucky I was deaf and had not heard him coming – else he might have well expected to be greeted by a shotgun blast! He was young and stupid and had just not thought (there actually was a puppy, but not at our house) – somewhat like the four (young) policemen in this case, I suspect.

‘Civil liberties’ people also often hold to the centuries-old right to freely own arms for their protection and defence (including against onerous or unjust governments – a significant part of the US constitution after all, and therefore mainstream) which only really began to be circumscribed in Australia in the early C20th – and then in a rush following the Port Arthur ‘incident’ which many people also have doubts about because of serious deficiencies in the official narrative and the fact that a secrecy screen has been placed over it which will not be lifted during any of our lifetimes - which is seriously suspicious surely?

Many of these views were hard-won in the English-speaking world by such things as the Peasants’ Revolt, Magna Carta, the American War of Independence, Eureka Stockade etc – so it is not a new or weird conspiracy theory, whacko notion. It has a long and honourable tradition indeed richly fertilised by the blood of patriots. Not so long ago (circa 1980) in accordance with these traditions Victorian citizens still enjoyed pretty much an untramelled right to own firearms yet police were not permitted to have them, nor would they then have entered private property without permission unless investigating a crime – so presumably with a search warrant – likewise in NZ and many other jurisdictions. We had a different perspective of the role of the police back then, maybe a better one.

Increasingly our society has moved more and more to a ‘police state’ where the citizens are incredibly trammeled (in contrast to just such a recent past), only permitted to have certain circumscribed ‘rights’ , these ‘rights’ being conferred or withheld by the state and enforced (or removed) by an armed and belligerent police force – as during the covid lockdowns. Previously these rights were considered inalienable, ie conferred by birth/existence (not the state) and it was deemed reasonable to resist efforts by an unjust state to remove or restrict them. Indeed it was the state’s duty to protect such citizens’ rights. It is a big change which has not been properly justified or publicly endorsed. It is unsurprising if (many) people still want to push back against it - as maybe the Trains did.

It also seems that all sorts of other ‘rights’ which they previously enjoyed had been removed (quite possible illegally after all – this has yet to be tested in court) for example using the so-called ‘covid pandemic’ as a pretext. Their right to earn a living, socialize, move around, ‘own’ their own body, & etc. Nathaniel may even have thought his heart attack was caused by his (mandated) covid vaccine. There is some evidence for this view after all. It is (unfortunately) only a simple (perhaps paranoid) step to thinking that there is a ‘plan’ to depopulate the world. The death toll has been rising post-vaccine. The bans which are being implemented here and there on nitrogen feriliser do seem aimed at decreasing the world’s food supply which can clearly only have one consequence, fewer people fed. These notions may be alarmist or eccentric, but they are not mad or evil.

Such events may well have helped to fuel a paranoid view of society’s intentions towards them such that when they then ‘perceived’ a contingent of armed police ‘storming’ over their front fence as they maybe had no right to do, they felt they had to act in the way they did perhaps because they feared for their lives against such a seeming frightening  armed trespass. Who knows? In many jurisdictions you do have a right to shoot a trespasser if you fear for your life. This is well-known, surely to police?

Police could (and should) certainly have pursued a non-urgent missing person’s inquiry a little more circumspectly. It must have been known to them before they arrived that the missing man was likely to be simply visiting his brother, after all and in no danger, as well as being no danger to anyone.

All we will have from here on out is a demonisation of this family of seeming law-abiding, religious, peaceable, middle-class school principals ie the Trains as ‘murderers’, overlooking the fact that they too were murdered, but by state-sanctioned murder, so I guess that’s all right – until it happens to you or yours? The case is very worrying and I doubt we will ever learn the ‘truth’ about it any more than we will about Port Arthur (unless we live a very long time – in that case 2071?)

One further point about people being shot dead (both the police and the Trains). I do not believe that they should have shot the police even if they had the legal right to do so – which for all I know they might have had. Entering past a locked gate with signage certainly sounds like ‘break and enter’ to me, whoever you are. I have read legal opinion that public officials do not have legal/constitutional ‘right of entry’ in such cases, no crime having been committed. I do not have the legal expertise to know.

But neither do I think police should shoot people dead unless there is absolutely no other alternative. Given that the Trains could presumably be contained in the area, there should (reasonably) be no limit to the time you should spend ‘talking’ them down/out. The cost in money is quite different to the cost in lives. Neither do we have a death penalty anywhere in Australia ( a matter I actually disagree with) so that they could never have received that penalty from a court. Therefore they should not receive it from the police either. I had a friend who served many years in a European police service. They were armed. He told me that shooting someone dead meant automatic dismissal from the force. They were trained and mandated to wound and disable, to arrest, detain and turn the matter over to the courts. This seems like a sound principle to me.

The final moments of the Train siege reveal that police (Presumably using thermal imaging , night vision, telescopic sights, body armor etc) deliberately shot to kill and kept shooting until they were sure all three were dead. In most jurisdictions this would be counted as extra-judicial murder. I understand that (some at least of) the Trains are alleged to have acted similarly (which may well be true), but they needed to be arrested and tried for those offences, then if found guilty and if we had capital punishment, executed: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/breaking-news/shots-fired-wieambilla-shooters-final-moments-captured-by-police/news-story/a2c7fc3d9417441198fc0d5f498697b9

16/12/2022: Musk’s Twitter revelations now undeniably prove that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen. This can no longer be painted as a ‘conspiracy theory’. This is bold hard fact. It (and the rigged 2022 election) need to be undone/redone. The ‘greatest democracy in the world,’, ‘the home of the Free’ cannot be allowed to continue as a petty dictatorship: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/12/rigged/


16/12/2022: It may sound sexist (notice this was also written by a woman) but this is how election demographics are currently working. And please note, things are being decided by such ‘educated’ folks (who likely could not even change a tap washer) which are completely beyond their ‘expertise’ and which will impact all of us more or less forever – such as the destruction of our energy system: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/12/09/wokey-women/#more-6520


16/12/2022: For example, About that energy storage pipe dream, “Here’s what tells you all you need to know: not only is there no working demonstration project anywhere in the world of the wind/solar/storage energy system, but there is none under construction and none even proposed. Instead, the proponents’ idea is that your entire state or country is to be the guinea pig for their dreams.” https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/03/the-manhattan-contrarian-energy-storage-paper-has-arrived/


15/12/2022: MH370: I thought this possibility was pretty obvious at the time. I am astonished that it has not been explored up to now: https://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/im-an-mh370-expert-i-know-plane-was-deliberately-downed-by-pilot/news-story/340ecc83e8afd61ccb9845a0cf2d9f3d


15/12/2022: A new Jan 6th deadline. Interesting. Maybe Trump will be back, and sooner than we might expect: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/tim-canova-supreme-court-considers-case-seeking-overturn-2020-presidential-election/


15/12/2022: A triumph of common sense over climate catastrophism – imagine if people had access to real science how few would be convinced ‘the end is nigh’: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/despite-ostracism-namecalling-and-billions-of-dollars-nearly-4-in-10-globally-are-climate-skeptics/

15/12/2022: Australia’s green dreams are slowly turning into nightmares: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/06/green-energy-construction-company-collapse-triggers-aussie-crisis-talks/

14/12/2022: “Climate activists and politicians constantly tell us electric cars are cleaner, cheaper and better. Many countries, including Germany, Britain and Japan, even will prohibit the sale of new petrol and diesel cars within a decade or two. But if electric cars are really so good, why do we need to ban the alternatives?" Bjorn Lomborg.

14/12/2022: I’m afraid Victor David Hanson is right, that our society more and more resembles a decaying Roman Empire about ready to collapse into a new dark age: https://amgreatness.com/2022/12/11/our-parasitic-generation/

14/12/2022: Handing Higgins millions of our money (behind closed doors) is probably the most unjust act I have seen from an Australian Government recently – where is all the dough for women who have been proven to have actually been raped? She may have deserved compensation if a case had been proved, but where is the justice for Lehrmann who is simply assumed to be a rapist without proof? https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/brittany-higgins-secures-multimillion-dollar-taxpayerfunded-compensation-deal/news-story/071b83448718a158e6ff9178d3d010eb & https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-the-questionable-price-of-political-payouts/news-story/6f4cbc66037f7c0da89c3107cf3cc2c6

14/12/2022: The Queensland Massacre: What was actually going on with this incident? Why would four armed police turn up to make ‘inquiries’ about a missing man who so far as I can tell was not wanted for any crime? If there were safety concerns why would they not have attempted to make phone contact or allay fears first? Then having completely sealed the area so that the offenders would have to have surrendered eventually, why was it necessary to ‘execute’ all the alleged offenders so that the only narrative we now have is the official police version? I notice that the ‘perpetrators’ who may have had somewhat eccentric but by no means unusual views are now being labeled as utterly whacko and evil. I suspect we will never know the truth. The incident recalls the similar story of Stan Graham in NZ back in 1941, a tragedy which (at least from my reading of the book) clearly could have been prevented if the situation had been handled rather differently (as local police had been doing), as I suspect so could this one:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad_Blood_(1981_film)

13/12/2022: Lawrence Livermore has just passed the break-even point with nuclear fusion: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Famericas%2Fnuclear-fusion-lawrence-livermore-laboratory-b2243247.html

13/12/2022: Plan Melbourne & Dan intend to lock you up in your neighbourhood and forbid you to go more than a 20 minute walk away from home: https://youtu.be/iw-P37Fll3Q

13/12/2022: The West did not colonise, they civilized: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.independent.co.uk%2Fnews%2Fworld%2Famericas%2Fnuclear-fusion-lawrence-livermore-laboratory-b2243247.html

13/12/2022: Once, when someone suggested a pie in the sky proposal people used to say, ‘Do the maths’. Increasingly few people can do maths at all. Here in Victoria (for many years) maths and science are not requisite subjects for high school graduation. How such folks can ever be described as ‘educated’ is beyond me. Yet increasingly such uneducated people are being put in charge of (mandating) everything. People who can’t fix a lawnmower, weld, operate a lathe, do carpentry, cook, sew, change an electrical fuse, let alone build or repair an electrical circuit (things which in my day were normal skills of kids at junior high school) are put in charge of our entire energy system. Of course it will lead to disaster: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/11/the-impossibility-of-bridging-the-last-10-on-the-way-to-100-clean-electricity/

12/12/2022: Sir Roger Penrose has always produced astounding ideas but his latest thoughts about evidence of past universes (and the possibility oif communicating with them) and thoughts about the ‘quantum’ nature of consciousness are wonderfully liberating: https://www.strangerdimensions.com/2020/10/14/sir-roger-penrose-comments-on-the-universes-before-our-own/

12/12/2022: All about humans and fire – how fascinating: https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-road-to-metallurgy-fire-and-rocks

12/12/2022: The future of childbirth – coming to you soon: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/german-molecular-biologist-unveils-concept-worlds-first-artificial-womb-facility-can-incubate-30000-lab-grown-babies-year-video/

12/12/2022: The coldest summer in Australia ever in Oz and in the Northern Hemisphere pretty much the coldest all of my (long) life yet no warnings of an imminent Ice Age from the climate freaks which is after all the most likely climate outcome after 6-8000 years now oif falling temperatures: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/the-coldest-summer-day-in-australia-and-nobody-notices/

11/12/2022: Should we revive epic poetry? https://tocharus.substack.com/p/why-epic-poetry-will-never-die

11/12/2022: When the money tree starts to wither and die: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/vanguard-abandons-net-zero-climate-finance-monster-group/

11/12/2022: The FBI is an unconstitutional unelected body maybe meant to be a police force, but not a government – what went wrong? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/the-united-states-of-the-fbi/

11/12/2022: Just throw the baby under the bus – there is no sane plan for achieving ‘net zero’ at all let alone in the time frame that its advocates envisage. Meanwhile everything else just falls apart. This is a recipe for nothing other than economic disaster: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/10/looking-for-the-official-party-line-on-energy-storage/


10/12/2022: The last dambuster passes: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/12/the-last-dambuster-sqn-ldr-george-johnny-johnson-mbe-dfm-has-died-per-adua-ad-astra-lest-we-forget.html


10/12/2022: When ‘enough’ is too much: https://moonbattery.com/teachers-continue-to-groom-small-children/

10/12/2022: Inventing the dead – how the aboriginal ‘grievance industry’ simply cooked up 100,000 murdered blacks from a record of absolutely none: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/the-voice/2022/12/the-lying-art-of-truth-telling/

Another way to assess this is to ask, ‘Where are the medals’? Those C19th folks were particularly fond of issuing medals for every tiny military engagement, yet there are absolutely none devoted to these ‘frontier wars’ in Australia, for the very good reason that they never occurred – they exist for the contiguous ‘Maori Wars’ though, surprisingly?  https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/history-wars/2022/11/oh-henry-where-are-the-medals/

This is an indication of how bad this ‘race politics’ is likely to get: https://spectator.com.au/2022/12/parks-australia-when-bureaucracy-turns-racist/

10/12/2022: Who’d have thought: Elephants flourishing in Northern Greenland two million years ago when it was 10-17 C degrees warmer: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/record-breaking-dna-shows-mastodons-roaming-a-hot-north-greenland-2-million-years-ago/

09/12/2022: The invisibility cloak that wasn’t: https://www.vice.com/en/article/88q3gk/chinese-students-invent-invisibility-cloak

09/12/2022: Be very sure: What they are doing in Oxfordshire is the future the left have planned for you: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/04/oxfordshire-council-to-trial-a-climate-lockdown-starting-2024/


09/12/2022: The long-term implications of MRNA technology read like science fiction, “The vaccine is incredibly risky, and basically, it’s achieving its goal. If the goal was to reduce the world’s population, it’s working.”: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/dr-mccullough-mrna-from-covid-vax-transfers-from-jabbed-to-unjabbed-changing-human-genome/


09/12/2022: If we want to replace coal-fired power stations (Why?) the only further question is what type of nuclear power plant to build. The conventional uranium plant does have the joint problems of nuclear proliferation and waste disposal which some other technologies don’t: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/07/submission-to-the-senate-inquiry-into-australias-transition-to-a-green-energy-superpower/


The WEF thinks we should leap right in to hydrogen-boron fusion (which does not yet exist) just like they think we should jump into ‘green hydrogen’ and other pie in the sky schemes: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/07/world-economic-forum-hydrogen-boron-nuclear-fusion-anticipated-by-2030/


08/12/2022: Soon we won’t be able to see the sky because we talk to the neighbour on the mobile phone: https://www.vice.com/en/article/ake8m4/a-huge-satellite-is-officially-one-of-the-brightest-objects-in-the-sky-astronomers-warn


08/12/2022: ‘Green’ hydrogen is likely to be the most expensive fuel you have ever heard about (if it is even possible). Around ten times the current cost of fuel: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/05/energy-storage-report-hydrogen-as-an-alternative-to-batteries/

08/12/2022: Scruton on Foucault – do people even know anymore where the great undermining of thought that exemplifies everything the left advocates actually came from? Foucault and Derrida were the demons behind it, but with a long history stretching back though Marx and Hegel. Once university was about examining and critiquing all such ideas. Now it is about accepting them wholesale: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/12/thought-for-the-day-scruton-on-foucault.php  https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/12/thought-for-the-day-scruton-on-foucault.php

08/12/2022: Monty Python had a better take on all this: The Philosophers’ Football Match: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUQx8IUcIzc

07/12/2022: New Pack Suspension System: For years I have been quite dissatisfied with backpack straps. They place a quite unnecessary and undue strain on a small area of the shoulders. It seems to me that for horses this problem was solved back in circa the C14th with the invention of the horse collar and associated hardware to allow a horse to pull a heavy load without destroying the horse.

Most pack manufacturers have decided that 'transferring the load' (somehow) to the hips via a hip belt is the solution. It is not. That 'solution' only acts (rather like other forms of torture such as foot binding to transfer the problem elsewhere without solving it at all. A hip belt restricts movement and comfort in just a different sort of way, that is all. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/12/06/new-pack-suspension-system/

07/12/2022: “So to date, we’re spending twenty-three dollars for each gallon of gasoline saved … economic suicide…It’s nothing but a money-transfer scam to benefit the wealthy”: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/06/the-mirage-of-electric-vehicles/ 


Hard to believe that this post is viewed by Facebook and Norton as about 'Violence'. What a weird world. And yet we are told AI contains the word, 'Intelligence"!


07/12/2022: Albanese (& Andrews) won despite the lowest Labor vote since 1934. This is true. Just let that sink in for a moment.Then ask yourself what sort of government we would have if there had not been all sorts of jiggery-pokery with the electoral system (over time) to ensure such a corruption of democracy and the people’s will. Some of them set (in stone) in the constitution even, such as the awfully undemocratic Senate ‘system’ where a vote in Tasmania (for example) is equal to more than  ten votes in NSW. Then we have the dreadful ‘preferential’ system which leads to such excesses as we now see. Should we not go back to the ‘First Past the Post’ system still used in many countries where you have to make up your mind and the prize goes to the candidate who get the most support – what one would have expected of the notion of ‘representative government’ surely? There is much other quite real corruption including the ‘modern’ notions of early’ and ‘postal’ voting and the dominance of the counting/administration by untrustworthy left-wing hacks. We have sold the democracy which our diggers gave their lives for at Gallipoli etc for a mere bagatelle.


07/12/2022: Bruce Lehrmann’s quandary is another ‘Winslow Boy’ case. There is now to mechanism whereby he can clear his (good) name. Such a parlous state of affairs should never be allowed to happen. Such a trial by ‘media’ or ‘public opinion’, ‘Star Chamber’, ’Kangaroo Court – call it what you will ought never be allowed, never mind gain ascendancy over proper process. He should be able to prove his innocence (or that there was ‘no case to answer’, as the senior police who investigated concluded) in open court, so that he can ‘get on with his life’ which is all-but ruined: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/12/05/a-new-winslow-boy-case/


06/12/2022: “We are this season’s people. We are all the people there are, this season. If we blow it, it’s blown.” Schlomo Carlebach


06/12/2022: BTW: Have you noticed how everyone supports the Chinese anti covid lockdowns now? Yet not so long ago it was all, ‘Let’s stand with (Chinese) Dan’.


06/12/2022: Dark patterns – another subliminal trick: https://engage.uchicago.edu/rs/250-CQH-936/images/FY23-Fall-HL-virtual-1-LIP-Bonus-Content.pdf?s_src=N14808&mkt_tok=MjUwLUNRSC05MzYAAAGIcow7LM7CBRWkqiDmuNH0xxXKkD648GDLM9mRhpfEhkSwg3XSQbOFm2YMBPOd_DtEel-na3-PBMo3j22te4twYixXKDBT75xQFFLo8F1Yvr4W


06/12/2022: The science is settled folks – Richard Lindzen is arguably the world’s pre-eminent climate scientist, and he calls b------t. The correlation with CO2 is just not there: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/04/mit-climate-scientist-dr-richard-lindzen-rejects-climate-change-as-a-quasi-religious-movement-predicated-on-an-absurd-scientific-narrative/


Should you want to know more about ‘real science’ perhaps you should just check out one week’s review from the Science and Environmental Policy Project founded by Prof Fred Singer who was definitely the pre-eminent world climate scientist: http://www.sepp.org/twtwfiles/2022/TWTW%2012-03-22.pdf


05/12/2022: Good dog Casper: https://www.foxnews.com/us/georgia-sheepdog-fights-off-kills-coyotes-pack-attacks-sheep


05/12/2022: Did Monet invent impressionism with a single painting? You have to admit it was a pretty good one anyway: https://mymodernmet.com/claude-monet-impression-sunrise/

“A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.”
— Keats


05/12/2022: Looks like in Brazil the military will act to overturn the corrupt election there. When will this happen in the US? And when will our election system be reformed to eliminate such (possible) corruption? Just a few points about our voting system here: Election officials are all solidly of the left. With early polling they have unfettered access to change (or add) as many pencil written votes as they could wish. Rubbers/erasers are cheap and readily available.With reasonable scrutiny via same day polling this influence is enormously lessened. Why don’t we have to use indelible ink on our ballots? The same is clearly true of all the (possible) corruption involved in mail-in ballots. This practice should be ceased except for the very few individuals who are too ill to attend on the day. A much closer surveillance of their votes (by all parties) needs to be implemented. Then we have the issue of cleaning up the voter rolls which no doubt contain many dead and fake individuals. Voter ID on the day is also essential. It is not hard for people to learn who does not vote and to vote in their stead, for example. You can bet your bottom dollar that the left are all over these opportunities for fraud and that their use confers a benefit to them of 5% or greater: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/12/go-time-military-deploying-brazil/


05/12/2022: Why do the left want to shut down the food supply? Is this another ‘Holodomor’? https://issuesinsights.com/2022/12/02/the-elites-war-on-food/


04/12/2022: Some progress on Alzheimers at least: https://scitechdaily.com/positive-clinical-results-for-alzheimers-amyloid-clearing-drug-lecanemab-poised-for-fda-approval/ & https://newatlas.com/medical/alzheimers-disease-root-cause-axon-swelling/


04/12/2022: The evil that Higgins and her woke feminist cronies have done to an innocent man (who will never be allowed now to prove his innocence) is incalculable. In such cases the (false) complainant should be punished to at least the extent of the law that would have been applied in a successful prosecution of the accused, ie she should do serious gaol time: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/12/brittany-higgins-case-finally-over/


04/12/2022: You should certainly be able to chose voluntary assisted dying to end your suffering, but no-one should be able to force your decision: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/12/voluntary-assisted-dying-is-back-on-the-agenda/


04/12/2022: The WEF, UN, (ie the Greens and Left) want you locked in a very small area indeed in your suburb. Everything that is being implemented is aimed at that. Think about the move to electric cars, locking up more and more land in ‘National Parks’ (which you will be unable to visit), etc, etc. Let’s start to fight back people: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/oxford-2024-climate-lockdowns-start-you-will-be-tracked-and-trapped-in-your-suburb-and-happy-about-it/


03/12/2022: I don’t suppose this is sexism: https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/42520 In the meantime, did you realize that whites are now officially a minority in the three largest UK cities?


03/12/2022: Vic Libs are just crazy – they are set to chose someone as leader who is even more left-wing than Guy: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/john-pesutto-tipped-to-be-next-liberal-party-leader/news-story/7cd4bb0f9e0ffbb941da8cd85e192925


03/12/2022: Long since time we stopped funding these communists at the UN – who needs an unelected government anyway. When was the last time you voted in a UN election?: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/un-shakedown-threats-to-list-healthy-reef-as-in-danger-just-a-way-to-extort-climate-money/


03/12/2022: Net Zero is destroying the European economy. Dutton must repudiate this nonsense soon: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/12/europes-renewable-wonderland-now-cant-make-solar-wind-batteries-or-evs/


Matt Ridley’s explanation of the UK wind- farm disaster are an important read: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/12/02/the-tories-wind-power-delusion-matt-ridley/


Meanwhile Swiss look to ban use of electric cars over the winter to save energy: https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/12/01/swiss-look-to-ban-use-of-electric-cars-over-the-winter-to-save-energy-n514785


02/12/2022: Vale the ‘last’ Rat of Tobruk. Both my father’s brother, Basil and Della’s father Bill also served in the North African campaign. How time flies. Seems like only yesterday we were celebrating their 70th or 80th birthdays. But soon even we children of the ‘Rats’ and other heroes who ‘saved the world for democracy’ will be gone  too. Unfortunately and increasingly we are finding that their efforts were not permanently successful. For a time after WW2 freedom increased, then after about 1975 it moved into decline once more. Since then the world has been falling further into a kind of dictatorship maybe more successful and omnipresent than anything Hitler and Tojo (even Stalin) envisaged and this process is accelerating. The current generation will have to rise to the challenge of fighting this evil. My time is just about done, yet I have struggled to oppose the rise of state control all my life too: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11480009/Ernie-Walker-106-passes-away-surviving-NSW-soldier-infamous-Rats-Tobruk-battle.html


02/12/2022: Yes! https://babylonbee.com/news/trans-furry-named-best-in-show-at-national-dog-show


02/12/2022: I agree witht this guy that the climate cult is ‘ultimately doomed’ because its proposals cannot possibly work but it can do a lot of harm before it ultimately fails just as Islam has been doing for the last 1500 years even though clearly it too is a false religion: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/30/dont-be-so-sure-that-the-climate-extremists-have-won/


02/12/2022: Makes no sense to me anyway but I am not a voyeur. I prefer to do things than watch them: https://neveryetmelted.com/2022/11/28/the-most-boring-game/

01/12/2022: The largest squid weigh half a tonne and live in the deep ocean. Much smaller cephalopods have been shown to be intelligent. Is SETI looking in the wrong place? Should we be making efforts to establish communication with these guys? https://www.livescience.com/what-is-largest-squid

01/12/2022: An important lesson from Willis Eschenbach today, (couldn’t agree more), “I learned early about the importance of sharp tools. My second real job, at 13 years of age for $0.30 per hour ($3.00 per hour in 2022 dollars), was digging out a foundation for a new house with a pick and a shovel. And looking back, I was probably worth about that much per hour.

In those halcyon pre-PC days, working with a shovel was called “Playing the Swedish banjo”. Here’s a recent picture of me doing that very thing:

And I’ve played the Swedish banjo for more reasonable wages a number of times since I was 13.

Perhaps as a result of my work history, I divide folks into three groups:

  • Those who have used a shovel.
  • Those who have made money with a shovel.
  • Those who have sharpened a shovel.”


01/12/2022: You thought this could never happen: https://unherd.com/2022/11/a-biostate-wont-cure-the-west/


01/12/2022: Apple is conspiring with the communist dictatorship to lock down the Chinese people. Ditch your iphone now: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/apple-helps-communist-china-suppressing-protests-disabling-airdrop-feature-just-weeks-protests/


30/11/2022: Next time you get the sniffles just slip a banana up your nose: https://scitechdaily.com/new-banana-derived-therapy-is-effective-against-all-known-coronaviruses-and-flu-strains/


30/11/2022: The Tech giants just hate free speech: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/its-war-apple-moves-against-twitter-helps-ccp-so-musk-vows-to-air-skeletons-and-maybe-move-into-smartphones/


30/11/2022: Dutch Government to Shut Down 3,000 Farms to Comply with Global Warming Goals: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/dutch-government-shut-3000-farms-comply-global-warming-goals/


30/11/2022: Remember when there was not going to be any more snow – is this year a ‘tipping point’ towards the next ice age? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/28/the-end-of-snow-again/


29/11/2022: Thanks for that Spot: https://www.psypost.org/2022/11/a-new-study-says-time-spent-with-dogs-increases-brain-activity-in-the-prefrontal-cortex-64385?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter


29/11/2022: The Libs need to grow a couple. You have to stand for something (except ‘woke’). Dutton, hurry up and reject  the ‘Voice’, Net Zero, Climate Change, Renewables, etc, etc. You will never beat the Left by following them down their own rat-holes – as has been the case federally and in WA, SA, Vic and now NSW.


29/11/2022: This is a truly horrifying development: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/irish-government-criminalize-hate-speech-effectively-silencing-hold-different-opinions-penalty-5-years-imprisonment/


29/11/2022: Climate change makes floods less severe: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/climate-change-apparently-makes-floods-less-severe/


28/11/2022: A Tall Tail: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/news-life/baby-girl-born-perfectly-normal-except-for-extremely-rare-tail/news-story/24807183d7e8e42a9ab1ebc47b077cd0


28/11/2022: I do support people’s ‘right to die’ but encouraging it and making it a spectator sport is another thing altogether: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/sick-canadian-clothing-line-la-maison-simons-exploits-young-womans-euthanasia-market-products-video/


28/11/2022: Will you be a ‘super-ager’? https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2022%2F11%2F26%2Fhealth%2Fsuperager-secrets-good-memory-wellness%2Findex.html


28/11/2022: Exactly, changes in CO2 mirror nothing which actually occurs in earth’s climate. Take sea ice for example: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/27/sea-ice-mysteries/


27/11/2022: Don’t try to find love online: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/online-love-gone-bad-peruvian-medical-student-lured-mexican-woman-visit-killed-harvested-organs-posting-video-tiktok/


27/11/2022: Duh! Why we should all have galvanized iron rooves. Another point is that if it is hotter insode the house this is because the roof absorbed more heat. That is we have changed the albedo (reflectivity) of our cities so that they absorb much more heat from the sun. It is little wonder then that they ‘appear’’ hotter in BOM/CSIRO data especially when the thermometers measuring this have moved to the city airports: https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-the-colour-of-your-roof-matters_4882907.html 


27/11/2022: So now we know: Astra Zenica and Novavax were enormously safer. Glad that’s what we insisted on them for ourselves: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11464097/Covid-Australia-2022-Teen-misses-HSC-pericarditis-jab-reaction-cardiologist-issues-warning.html


27/11/2022: More power to computer models. By the time we get to COP100 there will be over 400,000 attendees! That’s a lot of jet planes, steak and lobsters to produce a huge amount of hot air – why building a trough works: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/23/the-future-of-cops/


26/11/2022: Titanaboa: Thank goodness we do not still have these guys in the back garden: https://www.thoughtco.com/titanoboa-worlds-biggest-prehistoric-snake-1093334


26/11/2022: How extreme the WEF is - Extraordinary that anyone would think the communist Chinese dictatorship was a ‘role model’: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/11/the_mask_is_off_wefs_klaus_schwab_declares_china_a_role_model.html


26/11/2022: Brown coal-fired electricity still only costs 4 cents a kilowatt hour. If you had the choice, don’t you think you would choose that over this ‘renewables’ mess which sees prices of $200 per kilowatt hour? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/shh-despite-a-bloodbath-quarter-for-electricity-prices-hated-brown-coal-still-sells-at-just-4c-per-kwh/


26/11/2022: You just can’t imagine that this wasn’t already the law everywhere: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/italians-who-refuse-job-offers-will-have-social-benefits-revoked-meloni-warns


25/11/2022: End the green b------t. Hand Dan the Can on Saturday.


25/11/2022: I’m sure the ‘little green men’ are worried about this too: Astrobiologists concerned about imperialistic consequences of galactic exploration: https://www.thecollegefix.com/astrobiologists-concerned-about-imperialistic-consequences-of-galactic-exploration/


25/11/2022: Back when the pandemic started I said I did not want a dollar wasted trying to ‘save’ me (being in the ‘elderly’ group who were most likely to die). I’m sure many/most of my peers felt the same. I/we certainly did not want others to die for me, but that is what seems to be happening with the vaccine deaths amongt the young who would not have died from the disease. Many more deaths overall could have been prevented and more cheaply – as I said at the time) by utilisng cheap ‘medicines such as Vitamin D, Zinc and Ivermectin: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/in-south-australia-last-year-suddenly-lots-of-young-adults-went-to-hospital-with-cardiac-issues/ & https://emeralddb3.substack.com/p/covid-2022-here-comes-the-big-kill


25/11/2022: CSIRO and BOM unfit for purpose. Contrary to their hysterical ‘findings’ there has been no warming in Australia for the last ten years. In fact the remote historical weather stations such as Cape Otway, Wilsons Prom etc show no warming since records began – though there clearly has been a cooling since WW1: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/the-australian-climate-is-fine-but-the-state-of-the-csiro-and-the-bom-is-a-crisis/


24/11/2022: DIY Crampons Equals 4WD Boots: I have had a number of falls and am still suffering from a sore (almost dislocated) shoulder and similarly sprained wrist but there is still much work to do. So recently I bought (from a local Bolt shop) some 15mm hex-headed self-tapping screws. These only came in stainless steel so were fairly dear at $20 per 100, but for this purpose you only need perhaps 20, so it will not break the bank. You can screw them directly into the soles of your boots (i used an electric drill) in suitable spots to create quasi 'hob-nailed boots'. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/11/23/diy-crampons-equals-4wd-boots/



24/11/2022: Next we have the ‘trans-human’: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/gender-is-complicated-i-am-not-human/


24/11/2022: Is this why we banned tanning beds: https://nypost.com/2022/11/21/naked-uk-woman-gets-trapped-in-tanning-bed/


24/11/2022: Looks like Shakespeare to me: https://www.theartnewspaper.com/2022/11/22/is-this-really-the-only-portrait-of-william-shakespeare-made-in-his-lifetime?utm_source=The+Art+Newspaper+Newsletters&utm_campaign=553f580c66-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_11_22_02_27&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_-553f580c66-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D


23/11/2022: Sword of Damocles: A wild and windy night! We were checking on the creek and dams this morning after all the bad weather and discovered this new "Sword of Damocles"which had obviously launched itself from the huge blue gum above, embedding itself firmly and deeply in the ground on the track below. So glad no-one was underneath at the time! All the branches below are another blue-gum giant that came down last winter. It is still waiting for the farm to dry out enough so that we can get machinery in to undertake the task of removing it



23/11/2022: Well done: Army Vet Beat Shooter to a Pulp with His Own Gun: https://dnyuz.com/2022/11/21/an-army-veteran-says-he-went-into-combat-mode-to-disarm-the-gunman/


23/11/2022: About that Ivermectin again. Note its proven efficacy (third link) as against the ‘approved’ anti-virals and the number of studies (and patients) which support this – hundreds of times as much evidence for it as compared to them. Vaccination failed (as predicted) indeed has probably killed more people than the disease would have (if properly managed): https://richardsonpost.com/david-archibald/29447/covid-in-november/ & https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.zerohedge.com%2Fcovid-19%2Ftruth-about-ivermectin  & https://c19ivm.org/meta.html#tcite_whoapproval


23/11/2022: Good: Brazil looks set to declare their Presidential election invalid. The military will likely overturn the fake result. You would hope that the same would happen with the fake results we have been getting in the US – and Australia: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/brazilian-military-just-waiting-bolsonaro-give-order-arrest-corrupt-communist-judge/


23/11/2022: 45,000 junketeers fly into Egypt to eat steak and lobsters and vote for everyone else to eat insects as well as decide more communism will fix everything – for them, the commissars at least. Well past time to cut them off and force them to get a life for themselves. All this based on fake data and eg the Urban Heat Island Effect on temperatures: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/cop27-climate-damages-is-just-a-fantasy-plan-to-tax-the-west-for-bad-weather-and-grow-the-un/


22/11/2022: Back to the moon: https://phys.org/news/2022-11-nasa-moon-mission-exceeding-expectaions.html


22/11/2022: Reality is not what we think it is. This may not affect how many elephants there are in the room but might affect how many angels there are on a pin-head: https://bigthink.com/starts-with-a-bang/reality-objective-exist/


22/11/2022: Why it is hard to say ‘extinction is forever’: https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-just-spotted-this-large-colorful-pigeon-that-no-one-has-seen-in-140-years?fbclid=IwAR2l_hjt-6ECqR3vY4rlxRhNeirDrFkWKwLkGNCLJluOAyeZ75crWgCeqZ8


22/11/2022: Cold kills. Here’s a little insight into why 60,000 folks died of cold in the UK last year. Our energy policies are clearly intended to thin the population: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-63602501?fbclid=IwAR2mQLwPd5k9dDXwdp9x4ux1sfyZwpYIpPEi3OkA-xfuZ3IIkOTltdmf4oc


21/11/2022: A hot dog and a beer at the world cup in Qatar:


21/11/2022: Forget Methane; its heating effect is even more pathetic than CO2. Water vapour is the only real greenhouse gas worth thinking about: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/19/methane-much-ado-about-nothing/


21/11/2022: Bastiat is great. Check out his ‘broken window’ analogy if you want to learn something about how economics actually works: https://archive.org/details/thingsseennotsee00bast or http://bastiat.org/en/twisatwins.html#SECTION_G002


21/11/2022: Phantom Voters – I wonder how many we have here in Oz too? This is a key metric of the integrity of our democratic system. How can the rolls go unchecked for years and years? If we have mail-in ballots (we should not except in the most extreme cases of illness/infirmity and with vast safeguards) we will have scams. The same applies if we do not have voter ID on election day and serious penalties for fraud. It is also really important that everyone is voting with full knowledge – early voting means that this cannot be so. We should all vote on the same day and all votes should be counted openly and rigorously with lots of security checks: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/can-see-phantoms-get-off-voter-rolls/ & https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.americanthinker.com%2Farticles%2F2022%2F11%2Felection_fraud_20_ok_so_what_are_you_gonna_do_about_it.html


20/11/2022: The Joy of Closed Roads: As a follow-up to my post Find Your Own Places to Explore can I suggest that for years (in Victoria - and elsewhere) our masters have been closing off previously useful access roads and tracks? Though these may not be open to vehicles (often despite sterling efforts to negotiate around piles of logs, rocks or deep cuts intended to prevent their use) they can often still be traveled by cycle or on foot - and frequently give relatively easy access to many quite delightful areas, though sometimes you may have to follow a game trail down a ridge to access a quiet camp by a stream at the end or adjacent to them. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/11/19/the-joy-of-closed-roads/



20/11/2022: Ukraine bombs Poland then Zelensky asks that Nato declare WW3. Who is the worst of the evil rulers involved in this bloody war? However this seems to be a very long reach for Zelensky – there are clearly other players as we saw with the Nord explosions: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11447127/Explosion-hits-Russian-gas-pipeline-amid-suspicions-sabotage-linked-Putins-war-Ukraine.html


20/11/2022: Enough of the trannie, “Be Kind’ b------t: https://urbanscoop.news/good-men-stay-out-so-bad-men-stand-out/


20/11/2022: A few decades ago they tried to scare everybody with global cooling: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tAYXQPWdC0 &  https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/41978


19/11/2022: Forgotten animals of New Guinea: https://scitechdaily.com/new-discovery-reveals-that-giant-four-legged-kangaroo-existed-as-early-as-20000-years-ago/


19/11/2022: The ‘red wave’ was real but so was the Democrat voter fraud. We should not be so complacent here in Australia where such fraud is also well-established (again in the Left’s favour). Here (as in the US) I suspect it equates to at least a 5%  advantage at the polls. Here there is an urgent need for voter ID, to clean up the electoral rolls (which have thousands of fake people on them) postal voting and early voting and to ensure that electoral officials are more representative of the population as a whole. We really should (where humanly possible) all be voting in our local booth where we can also be visually identified by people who know us, also all voting on the same day so that we are all making our decisions with the same information to hand. I think it would be good if the ballot paper was accompanied with say a 250 word ‘platform’ for every candidate: https://spectator.com.au/2022/11/red-wave-was-no-trickle-it-was-real/


19/11/2022: “To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.” Solzhenitsyn. “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” — George Orwell. A somber reflection on the class war being fought in our schools by left-wing ideologues. You know this is happening here in Oz too: https://issuesinsights.com/2022/11/08/your-children-belong-to-the-state/


19/11/2022: No sooner did Trump declare himself in the race for the Presidency than the Dems launched several attempts to incriminate him. They are deeply afraid of this man – and so they should be. He might actually succeed in ‘making America great again’: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/11/what-does-america-want/


18/11/2022: And now we have $250 hearing aids. All along it was a scam: https://www.foxnews.com/tech/apple-airpods-cheaper-alternative-hearing-aids


18/11/2022: A great way to teach science: https://bearingarms.com/camedwards/2022/11/15/coolest-high-school-science-class-ever-takes-students-hunting-n64411


18/11/2022: The best of both worlds? Why not: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/new-report-details-growing-trend-transgender-people-seeking-surgeries-male-female-genitalia/


18/11/2022: Good luck with that ‘energy transition’: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/global-demand-for-gigawatts-is-insatiable-to-make-one-smartphone-takes-almost-as-much-energy-as-a-fridge/


16/11/2022: Massive electoral fraud again in the US: If you can’t see that Biden could not have performed so well in the election just last week and still be getting these poll results: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/fraud-9-believe-america-right-track-latest-poll-bidens-approval-dismal-39-days-scores-greatest-midterm-election-decades/


16/11/2022: That will teach them a lesson. What a ‘great religion’ – of course women don’t have ‘souls’ so it probably won’t even hurt them. Just like Descartes’ attitude to live vivisection of dogs really: https://hotair.com/karen-townsend/2022/11/14/iranian-parliament-votes-in-favor-of-executing-15000-womens-rights-protestors-n510889 


15/11/2022: It is strange isn’t it that we can’t have more hydro dams because they ‘spoil’ the environment (though a much smaller area than wind or solar farms) and are their own batteries and do not require costly and dangerous lithium. I have long noticed that the Greens seem hell-bent on destroying the environment in order to ‘save’ it. Their huge wildfire destroyed ‘national parks’ are a case in point: https://spectator.com.au/2022/11/not-green-at-all/


15/11/2022: Artificial photosynthesis might ‘save’ us but it has a long way to go yet: https://phys.org/news/2022-11-chemists-artificial-photosynthesis-ten-efficient.html


15/11/2022: Not quite the only sane scientist in the room: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2022/11/the-biggest-public-policy-disaster-in-a-lifetime/


15/11/2022: Living within your means and paying your way: Personally I was brought up with this duo pretty much as creeds. To many they seem quaint now, if people have even heard of them. Debt always involves printing funny money ahead of its being earned/created, hence it is the chief cause of inflation. It robs the future to pay for present excess, and always robs savers and rewards spendthrifts – so is unwise (as policy) at best. It can only be justified in times of national crises (such as imminent invasion). Unfortunately people come to believe in it, that it is normal/desirable even – and keep voting for it. The popularity of a proposition has no connection with its truth (or otherwise) – else there would not be so many billions of folk wedded yet to various religions, each believing their own to be the font of all truth, yet failing to grasp the obvious fact that whilst they cannot all be true, they can all be false - and almost certainly are. Imagine believing the ridiculous proposition that there is something after death. As if road kill was going to bound back to life. And such after-lives are still so woeful geographically, being associated still with well explored ups and downs. What? Will Voyager eventually encounter God? We cannot keep on racking up debt (either personally or nationally) as if there will be no tomorrow. The piper will eventually have to be paid. Unfortunately (as the fate of Hamelin reminds us) it will be our children who have to pay that price!


14/11/2022: Who should/can we vote for at the next election? The choice seems to have narrowed dreadfully. Once there was some sort of dichotomy. Perhaps it was artificial but now we are just offered different shades of the same thing – at least by the ‘major parties. Perhaps why they have actually disappeared in some countries, such as France where neither has won an election for at least a decade. Hopefully we have at last come to that impasse in our own social life, as the majors are at present just simply dreadful, but the media (and their own inexperience) also appears to disallow the minors. I used to think of this as fascism, ie a conspiracy. Perhaps as far as media input is concerned it is. Now I am not so sure. Sometimes as the saying goes, ‘S—t just happens’. For example, I was trying to discover whether there were any Australian political parties which oppose the ‘climate’ paradigm. Who were for example in favour of new coal-fired and/or nuclear power stations, such as they are building by the thousands in India and China, for example rather than going without - as we seem to be headed for. (Aside: we would have to build the former first ie Helios as it will take at least a decade for us to develop the manpower and expertise to build the latter no matter how desirable. The demand for affordable electricity will not wait twenty years – the lead time I foresee for a switch to widespread delivery of nuclear powered electricity to your home). There may be still some Liberals and Nationals which favour this course but the leadership of their parties has made the party platforms well-nigh indistinguishable from Labor and the Greens. The Liberal Democrats and Citizens Party both favour nuclear in their platforms. One Nation and UAP both seem to still oppose the ‘climate paradigm’ I suspect the DLP and Family First would go along with them. I suspect the only thing we can do is to preference the minor conservative parties ahead of the Nationals and Liberals following them with Labor and the Greens in the hope that some conservative candidates will get up and be able to exert enough force over time to turn the ship of state around – otherwise the ship will sink.


14/11/2022: What should we talk about? Interesting. I remember being surprised reading in P.G.Wodehouse years ago about the introduction of ‘small talk’ into society. I had not realized until then that it was ‘a thing’ – but there you go. I have always found it unbearably tedious, but no doubt (to others) my conversation is replete with all sorts of social gaffes resulting in my failing to dizzyingly ascend the social ladder: https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2022/11/people-oversharing-tmi-friendship-boundaries/671970/?utm_source=pocket_saves


14/11/2022: Hydrogen-Boron Fusion Looks like a good idea. A million years’ of electric power available – will that be enough? https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/hydrogen-boron-fusion-could-be-a-dream-come-true/


13/11/2022: Writing has always served really important purposes: https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/nov/09/oldest-known-written-sentence-discovered-on-a-head-lice-comb


13/11/2022: This is as at last an important step forward: https://www.carsales.com.au/editorial/details/aussie-company-gives-new-life-to-old-hybrid-and-ev-batteries-138333/?fbclid=IwAR0pDMQPdV9MMJuZ8zTkThcUuolNUFL-upkrFt7xBAG1Eq-870DT4q66gE8


13/11/2022: Once it was good news that the last Ice Age was going away: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/11/glacier-saga/


13/11/2022: They know how to do things in Wales: https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/sex-offender-dies-from-shock-and-haemorrhaging-after-genitals-cut-off/news-story/ff5d48825f701f9eae05434e424b3a40


11/11/2022: Starting to look as if the Democrat electoral fraud huge as it no doubt was, involving maybe nearly 20% fake votes may not have been quite enough!


11/11/2022: Duh! https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2022/11/08/national-park-service-warning-no-licking-sonoran-desert-toad/1341667947342/


11/11/2022: 200 million! Just a reminder of how many people leftist governments murdered in the C20th – yet you wonder why I am a conservative. The current conflict in Central Africa, a war which has cost more lives than probably all but three is not mentioned: https://reason.com/volokh/2022/11/09/data-on-mass-murder-by-government-in-the-20th-century/


11/11/2022: Lithium mining does not look like a big win for the environment: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/13/lithium-mining-for-electric-vehicles-is-incredibly-destructive-to-the-environment-and-about-as-far-from-green-as-you-can-imagine/


10/11/2022: De Santis’ (Florida = 20%) red wave ought to have swept the Democrats away nation-wide, but his was one of the few states which had fixed the corruption in their electoral systems. (What’s taking so long?) The crooked Democrats took full advantage of that with every form of skullduggery imaginable to steal back the election even where they were polling well under the Independents. Exit polls in Arizona for example had them at 14% and Independents at 27% yet Kari Lake (Republican) is struggling to win. Voting machines broke down, thousands of people were turned away from voting – every kind of dirty trick and fraud imaginable. Similarly there is no way the brain-dead Fetterman could have won in Pennsylvania where (in another contest) they managed to elect a dead man to represent them. When the ‘home of the free’ is no more, alas for the future of the world.


10/11/2022: It is unbelievable that people are behaving like this in the birthplace of democracy. Such vile, extreme  antisemitism: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/11/london-horrible.html


10/11/2022: Have we made society too equal, so destroying it in the process? We certainly have far too many people who will not do meaningful work: https://www.city-journal.org/impoverished-by-equality


10/11/2022: So true: Why the quest for happiness is a fraud: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2022/nov/07/the-big-idea-why-we-shouldnt-try-to-be-happy?fbclid=IwAR0W8SlKYwYPN2YZRX0YumH5HCE3QbCS17Co4hVclm2jtUjl4OUoE5M9wk4


09/11/2022: “Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.”

George Eliot in Middlemarch’


09/11/2022: Making VR more real, now a VR headset which actually kills you. Great idea: https://www.independent.co.uk/tech/oculus-headset-killer-palmer-luckey-nervegear-b2219992.html


09/11/2022: Soon we won’t even be allowed to be grandparents (after being banned from being mums and ads some time back). This ‘Newspeak’ nonsense is all quite insane: https://www.theepochtimes.com/australians-outraged-at-schools-renaming-grandparents-as-grandfriends_4849116.html


09/11/2022: Climate change has become a convenient excuse for doing nothing about real conservation problems. The dreadful ‘experiment’ of our constantly razed yet weed and vermin infested ‘National Parks’ which we may not even walk in here in Oz is a case in point: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/08/matt-ridley-green-zealots-are-threatening-real-conservation/


08/11/2022: A poignant and valid lament: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/economics/2022/11/the-stradivarius-and-the-market/


08/11/2022: Unless another massive electoral fraud succeeds the US election is predicted to be a red tsunami, ie a massive Republican (America First) victory in both Congress and Senate. Let’s hope this happens today and that it is the beginning of the wind-back of all the evil Leftist forces everywhere, everywhen.


08/11/2022: You have to figure they will want to make euthenasia compulsory so as to get rid of us troubling old (right-wing) folks and no doubt the ongoing attack on the availability of painkillers is a quiver in their bow: https://www.breitbart.com/health/2022/11/04/doctors-advised-suggest-suicide-patients-canada-runs-out-basic-painkillers/


08/11/2022: There is some hope the world may rid itself of the inconvenience of ‘daylight saving’: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/article/daylight-saving-time?rid=0BE1689690A4BEB6E8876A8F4E63485E&cmpid=org=ngp::mc=crm-email::src=ngp::cmp=editorial::add=Health_20221106


07/11/2022: Is witchcraft making a comeback: https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/was-lola-daviets-murder-motivated


07/11/2022: Trudeau shuts down the Internet – the Left is coming for your minds: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/woe-canada-justin-trudeau-comrades-seek-abolish-internet-freedom-canadian-citizens/


07/11/2022: A new internal combustion engine which is 50% more efficient: https://www.roadandtrack.com/new-cars/car-technology/a19909520/gas-diesel-engine-reactivity-controlled-compression-ignition/?src=socialflowFBRAT&utm_medium=social-media&utm_campaign=socialflowR%26T&utm_source=facebook&fbclid=IwAR0X4-eEkVW9-gz91cBUc1QL8s3IbIFSk6eYc9A4JaodpWE6HtC87x_OCQI


07/11/2022: Eschew Soothsayers – no-one knows what the future will be and anyone who claims they do is a charlatan. As an example, 100% of climate models predicted that it would be much warmer than it actually is: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2022/10/50-year-u-s-summer-temperature-trends-all-36-climate-models-are-too-warm/


The alleged warming becomes even less if you subtract the urban heat effect: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2022/11/de-urbanization-of-surface-temperatures-with-the-landsat-based-built-up-dataset/


And etc: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/05/how-ipccs-1990-predictions-expensively-failed/


06/11/2022: Tocharus – a fascinating site if you are interested in the importance of ancient history: https://tocharus.substack.com/p/the-diet-of-slaves


06/11/2022: Just in case you were thinking the recent election in Brazil was honest (or that electronic voting might be a good idea): https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/11/how-they-count-votes-in-brazil/


06/11/2022: So, how long will it be before more people are killed by lithium battery fires than car accidents? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/saving-the-world-with-lithium-four-times-a-week-an-e-bike-battery-explodes-into-flames-in-new-york/


06/11/2022: Yes we have peak (climate) madness. Australia is about to impoverish its future. We must vote out these climate parties (Labor/Libs/Greens) and elect anyone else: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/04/australian-government-to-ban-all-future-fossil-fuel-projects/


05/11/2022: A real anti-aging treatment – bring it on: https://scitechdaily.com/unexpected-scientists-discover-an-anti-aging-mechanism/


05/11/2022: I see the Chinese nearly lobbed a huge rocket on us (and probably you too). Only luck it did not squash us. Not really good enough Mr Xi – Try to emulate Elon in future: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/good-citizen-china-carelessly-crashes-23-tons-of-space-junk-on-earth-gets-lucky-but-300-flights-in-spain-delayed/


05/11/2022: Bring back Liz! Sunak must go! After re-banning fracking on Day 1 and rushing off to COP 27 which Liz shunned, he now sides with Palestinians and  terrorists – how did he even get to be PM anyway? I thought that was decided (by a stunning majority) by an actual plebiscite of Conservative Party members? https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/11/3/uk-has-no-plans-to-move-israel-embassy-to-jerusalem-pm-office


05/11/2022: Too true: “Adult toddlers throw tantrums for the same reason as children: they desperately want something and have no idea how to get it…Anyone who’s ever been a parent will recognize these actions: throwing food, spilling milk, smearing paint on the walls, sitting on the ground and refusing to move. Add in the inability to properly dispose of one’s bodily waste, and the pattern is complete. This is the behavior of toddlers.” https://quillette.com/2022/10/30/moral-toddlerhood/


Their attack on the greatest art ever produced (while they are able to produce nothing) is a grim  reminder of the ISIS terrorists who blew up Palymyra – again an echo of how much the Greens resemble, indeed emulate the Nazis: https://spectator.com.au/2022/11/climate-vandals-mimic-isis-in-their-war-against-art/


04/11/2022: Do we have ‘Peak Woke’ yet: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/11/woke-must-be-close-to-peaking.html


04/11/2022: Huge differences in Covid 19 between these two countries. Why? https://peterhalligan.substack.com/p/a-tale-of-two-countries-one-with


04/11/2022: The Dangers of Low Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations – from a real climate scientist: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/03/the-dangers-of-low-atmospheric-co2-concentrations/


04/11/2022: I realize that it was the Left (Democrats) who were the slavery party and that it was the British people and British navy which (largely) ended it – and at great public cost – but it still amazes me how the ‘elites’ of today are (still) in favour of racist distinctions and preferments whilst using that very word as a weapon against their enemies ie any don’t agree with them – and instead support Martin Luther King’s contention that people ought to be judged solely on their worth as human beings: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/10/all-the-best-people-favor-racial-discrimination.php


03/11/2022: Nuts! Why we must ‘save the planet’ from our sheep: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/11/climate-injustice-a-personal-account-from-a-kiwi-farmer/


03/11/2022: The Conservatives’ motto, “Never let go of the old, or harm it in any way, until the new is well and truly in hand.” Take the oil industry as an example. (We are in for a very rough time): https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/11/02/big-oil-small-oil/


03/11/2022: “Australians don’t want the state creating breadlines for kids – they want politicians to lower taxes, stop wasting money, fix the energy grid, get out of their lives, and return all those fines issued to innocent people during the pandemic.” But it’s not what Guy is standing for – if he stands for anything. We must put our wholesale support behind the other conservative alternatives despite some of their shortcomings else we will just have another four years of Dictator Dan, and basically ruin! https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/10/lobster-bisque/


03/11/2022: It has got to be past time they got rid of Joe. A guy who can’t even remember where and when his own son died is just not all there. But who are they going to replace him with? Not cackling Kamala surely? Do try to remember these folks have their fingers on the nuclear war trigger: https://nypost.com/2022/11/01/biden-again-wrongly-says-son-beau-died-in-iraq-in-stumbling-florida-speech/


02/11/2022: Why am I not surprised: https://www.psypost.org/2022/10/cannabis-use-does-not-increase-actual-creativity-but-does-increase-how-creative-you-think-you-are-study-finds-64187?utm_source=PsyPost+Newsletter&utm_campaign=d652cb89e1-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a44dd6ef29-d652cb89e1-127440501


02/11/2022: Good Question: Why hasn’t feminism made women happier? https://nypost.com/2022/10/29/why-60-years-of-feminism-has-not-made-women-any-happier/


02/11/2022: China’s CO2 emissions exceed the rest of the developed world (and are increasing) yet we are cutting back on everything (at our great cost). This is just a kind of mass suicide madness: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/china-is-the-luminous-elephant-floating-in-the-kitchen-at-cop27-the-developing-nation-that-builds-space-stations/


02/11/2022: Looks like Bolsonaro will overturn the rigged election in Brazil (which his party won resoundingly) – this is what Trump should have done. In other news Bibi is back in Israel. And looking like a red tide in the US. Can’t wait for the other dominoes to fall (Sunak, Ardern, Albanese…): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/11/breaking-brazilian-president-plans-presser-tonight-will-announce-military-audit-controversial-election-may-arrest-criminal-judges/


01/11/2022: A woman in a hot air balloon realizes she is lost. She lowers her altitude and spots a man fishing from a boat below. She shouts to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consults his portable GPS and replies, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolls her eyes and says, "You must be a Conservative!"

"I am," replies the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answers the balloonist, "everything you tell me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you're not much help to me."

The man smiles and responds, "You must be a Progressive."

"I am, replies the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"Well," says the man, "You don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and now you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but, somehow, now it's my fault.


01/11/2022: Who needs a weather bureau when we can just use soothsayers instead? Things just get worse and worse. Does anyone (else) care: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/11/third-world-australian-met-bureau-cuts-back-on-weather-balloons-scientists-say-its-kind-of-horrific/


01/11/2022: Bowen is simply brain dead – he just wants us to live by extracting sunlight from cucumbers, as in ‘Gulliver’s Travels’: https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/unfeasible-and-unrealistic-to-have-small-modular-reactors-in-australia-bowen/video/dee65dbfd0a711926a209cd3767baaf8


01/11/2022: Evidently the Brazilian election is also mathematically impossible. Is this the WEF and New World Order folks at work again? Probably. (In Brazil the military may overturn it). PS: I would also like to think ‘we’ did not vote for Albanese – well, only 27% of ‘us’ did actually. Anyway conservatives need to get more involved with the election process –as adjudicators and election officials – it is clearly foolish leaving all this to the Left : https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/coup-team-biden-bragged-rigging-brazil-election-president-bolsonaro-election-day-says-stop-steal-leader-ali-alexander/


31/10/2022: You are what you eat: https://dnyuz.com/2022/10/30/food-that-looks-like-family-michigan-mom-makes-hilarious-meatloaf-resembling-her-son/


31/10/2022: House hunting on Mars: https://dnyuz.com/2022/10/29/house-hunting-on-mars-has-already-started/


31/10/2022: Sunak wants people dead but Truss did not. The UK’s new PM is not an improvement: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/uk-chaos-its-almost-like-fracking-was-the-biggest-threat/


31/10/2022: Even (and at last) Greenpeace admits plastic recycling is rubbish, but it will not move on to burning it to produce electricity: https://www.city-journal.org/greenpeace-admits-recycling-doesnt-work


30/10/2022: Data shows net zero is a lie: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/eight_graphs_that_prove_net_zero_is_a_woke_scam

30/10/2022: Remember when the USSR crumbled and its super-power status was revealed to have had an economy the size of Portugal’s? I have long suspected that China is much the same. There is evidence of this: https://www.battleswarmblog.com/?p=53072

30/10/2022: Integration, Yes! Well said Gary, (who was an ex-Labor Minister by the way): https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/10/reframing-the-debate-in-aboriginal-affairs/

29/10/2022: The ‘Ms Higgins’ case is just awful. This is not anything like the Adrian Baillie/Jill Meagher case, nor is she an innocent schoolgirl being dragged off the footpath in broad daylight and raped at knifepoint in the bushes. The law was intended to ‘protect’ such real victims and to punish the perpetrators. I have long said that such actual crimes merit the death penalty. But to consensually go to you workplace in dead of night, dead drunk, and to have no memory of the incidents is not the behaviour of an innocent. Such behaviour in itself should be punished by dismissal from employment (for both participants). That is about where the matter should have ended. There was never enough ‘evidence’ to bring a charge of rape. If there had been ‘evidence’ at the time Ms Higgins destroyed it. Her too bad. If the case fails, will she be charged with a crime (perjury, wasting police time, defamation, etc)? I doubt it – but in such failed cases where the other person’s reputation and morale has been destroyed for months or years there should be some corresponding penalty. A custodial period at least to discourage vexatious claimants.

29/10/2022: How did Stan Grant (perhaps a quarter or one-eight caste, if any – not so long ago he used to be Irish) get to be blacker than Jacinta Price – or even her mother Bess, or even her (still living) grandmother, one of the very last people to walk out of the Western Desert, meet Europeans for the first time and (in so doing) ‘vote’ to join the rest of the human race. I suspect a lot of it really is down to ‘Nugget’ ie boot polish, which perhaps should be banned and only purple allowed: https://www.rebelnews.com/jacinta_price_calls_out_labor_s_woke_federal_budget

29/10/2022: Under Ardern NZ is now ‘The land of the thought police’. Not sure I will be allowed in either. Did plan to go there hiking again next year – perhaps they will have a change of Government before then? https://www.rebelnews.com/i_wouldn_t_be_let_in_under_nz_s_opposing_views_ban_says_andrew_bolt

29/10/2022: “The demand for electric car drivers exceeds the supply”. Instapundit.

28/10/2022: Thomson Dam at 99.8%. It’s going to flow over – tomorrow probably. Second time only – maybe you missed it in 1996. Quite a sight. Plus lunch at the Erica, Rawson or Walhalla Pubs, but book: https://www.melbournewater.com.au/water-data-and-education/water-storage-levels#/ PS: It has gone over – view from the power station is the best:

28/10/2022: ‘Farming needs to stop’ to save the planet. Does insanity have a limit? Probably not. https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/22/farming-needs-to-stop-thats-the-single-biggest-driver-of-climate-change/

28/10/2022: If you aren’t concerned about this you truly are brain dead: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/10/australian-inflation-soars-to-73-highest-since-1990.html

28/10/2022: The Green Revolution - in other news: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/26/wind-farm-in-germany-is-being-dismantled-to-expand-coal-mine/

And: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/26/destruction-of-german-heritage430-year-old-family-craft-bakery-succumbs-to-green-revolution/

27/10/2022: On this day in 2011: "Went to Melbourne to see the Queen...but we weren't as pushy as some...we saw - the backs of people's heads! Interesting to see the many Anglos in the crowd and just how civilised and well-behaved they were. One woman left her small baby with us (total strangers) whilst she took her small daughter to the toilet. Wonderful to live in such a civilised society". I suspect it has all passed now, alas. We both saw her in 1954. At the time Della’s parents lived at Toongabbie (Western Sydney) and our family had come all the way down from Paterson in the Hunter Valley to see her at Toongabbie! Della and I (who met in 1971, 17 years later – though I used to see her every day on my way to work in 1970) must have been very close that day - we have been ever since.

27/10/2022: ‘Free’ Power Bank: 'Waste not, want not' was another of my mother's favourite maxims - one I have certainly taken to heart, as my wife will attest as I has fill our house and sheds up with all sorts of 'mathoms' - hobbit for 'junk'.

I had two 'dead' laptop batteries which I probably ought to have binned or recycled but today (it was raining) I decided to dismantle them instead and stripped off the welded tabs. Each contained 6 x 18650 rechargeable lithium batteries.

Each cell was dead flat. After placing them in the single power bank I recommended here they (surprisingly) all came back 'to life'. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/10/26/free-power-bank/


27/10/2022: "By 2001...a chicken reached the weight at which it would be killed in one-third of the time and after eating one-third of the food compared with the 1957 breed...represents...reduction in waste and in the..land devoted to growing feed per chicken" http://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/genetics-bigger-chickens

27/10/2022: The future that the green madness plans for or electricity/energy supply too. Vote for anyone else: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/unplug-the-fridge-uk-gears-up-for-hard-cold-winter-and-bbc-secretly-plans-for-a-national-blackout/

It’s the cold, stupid. The same sort of view is presented here, and the same conclusion: kick as many of our rulers out when we get the chance as we possibly can: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/26/lets-talk-about-real-climate-cataclysms/

27/10/2022: This new racist apartheid politics is enough (for me) never to vote Labor/Coalition again. Imagine being denied access to any public land in Australia on the basis of my ‘race’ – or ‘tribe’ as it might be! I have never considered myself to belong to other than the human ‘race’, nor I think should anyone else. If  we have not even got our humanity in common, what do we have? https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/10/the-grim-warning-of-mount-warning/

26/10/2022: World’s dirtiest man dies (at 94): https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/worlds-dirtiest-man-dies-aged-94-months-after-taking-his-first-shower-in-67-years/news-story/257c86cf8ba484dc5c90add6a5c95136


26/10/2022: O2 is what we should really be worried about. Its percentage in the atmosphere wouldn't have to fall too much before our kind of life found it decidedly uncomfortable (especially at elevation). What is the environmentalists' response to this impending 'crisis': Lock up two molecules of oxygen for every molecule of carbon forever (ie CO2 sequestration). Fortunately life has another way: it is called photosynthesis: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/10/23/earths-great-oxidation-event/#more-72919


26/10/2022: Farage is almost certainly right - Sunak is not the man: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/globalist-ever-saw-one-believe-conservatives-doomed-nigel-farage-blasts-new-uk-pm-rishi-sunak-video/


26/10/2022: I hope this morning you are beginning to realize how hopeless Labor and the Greens are: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-tough-times-to-get-much-harder-under-labor/news-story/88e1d2c073aa7396ad1c94ec335f036a


24/10/2022: I know it is impolite to speak ill of the dead, but just a reminder (from 2016): The Royal Commission’s findings regarding Kimberly Kitching are that ‘(v) Kimberly Kitching should be charged with and prosecuted for aiding and abetting the contraventions of each of Diana Asmar, David Eden, Darryn Rowe, Nick Katsis, Saso Trajcevski-Uzunov and Lee Atkinson (Chapter 9).’ Yet Shorten’s Labor promoted her to a place in the Senate! Her death was then dressed up as a great tragedy – as if such (corrupt) folks ought not be executed (shot) out of hand.


24/10/2022: Save the Planet’, the ‘great unwashed’ scream, yet we may have already done so (and by the unlikely means of the Industrial Revolution’). Let me explain: Plants need @ 200ppm of CO2 to survive. If the percentage drops below that (ie .02%) life will pretty much cease – yet the pre-Industrial world tilted perilously close to that. The percentage has varied from upwards of 20,000ppm in the time of the dinosaurs for example, down to just over 200ppm over time, during which warm, tropical periods and ice ages came and went completely uncorrelated to its percentage. However, steadily the percentage of CO2 being liberated by volcanism and other processes eg from the carboniferous rocks, coal & peat deposits etc where it ‘ultimately’ becomes ‘locked up, declined until just before the Industrial Revolution its percentage was such that the cessation of life on earth was imminent. The forests shrank and great plains and deserts spread across much of the globe as there was not enough CO2 to build any more forests, and much of life had to retreat to what were really oases to survive. Just in the nick of time (folks of a religious persuasion will see this as predestined) as a result of the Industrial Revolution personkind began to liberate vast quantities of carbon in the form of CO2 and a wonderful profusion of life was the result. The forests spread, the deserts and grasslands retreated and once more a profusion of life saturated the planet: That is the era we are living in: the Anthropocene. It can only get better! In the last @30 years this CO2 has caused the increase of approx two Australia’s of new forested areas in the world. Think how much life that supports. If you are pro-life, get behind CO2! More please.


24/10/2022: I think the most awful part of this story is that the audience cheered: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/transgender-comedian-strips-naked-live-tv-broadcast-plays-piano-penis/


24/10/2022: May be ordering some of these bumper stickers: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/10/saving-australia-one-bumper-sticker-at-a-time/


23/10/2022: Cruising to the North Pole: https://us.ponant.com/destinations/the-arctic  Should you think this voyage is down to ‘global warming you shuld realise nuclear subs have been doing it for a long while: https://theaviationist.com/2016/03/21/watch-this-stunning-video-of-a-u-s-nuclear-submarine-breaking-the-ice-to-surface-in-the-arctic-circle/ and that the Vikings always used the North-West passage in their voyages to Greenland. They had to abandon their Greenland colony when the world became too cold around 500 years ago. It has not warmed much since – not enough to resume farming there or to growing wine outdoors in Northern England as used to be the case: https://notrickszone.com/2018/04/02/during-the-800s-1300s-ad-wine-grapes-were-grown-at-latitudes-where-polar-bears-now-roam/


23/10/2022: SpaceX is really transforming space – not to mention communications here on earth. Rumour has it that Musk will ‘soon’ add functionality to Starlink which will allow cellphones to also act as satellite phones (when away from a conventional tower). That would be a game-changer: https://www.space.com/spacex-starlink-group-4-36-satellites-launch


23/10/2022: Finally positive proof covid 19 came from a lab: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/blockbuster-fingerprint-genetic-evidence-strongly-suggests-covid-was-bio-engineered/


23/10/2022: Alas, the ‘coup’ in China was for Xi not against him. His opponents are disappearing before your very eyes: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/stunning-video-from-china/


22/10/2022: Hajimari Boomerang Ball – have your kids got this amazing toy yet? https://hajimariball.com/


22/10/2022: Michael  Shellenberger has some fine points here including that the ‘climate narcissism’ we see about us (especially in the young) might well be a result of  overprotection and coddling of children by their parents and other adults result(ing) in anxious, depressed, and grandiose adolescents”:  https://twitter.com/ShellenbergerMD/status/1573370013054128129


22/10/2022: So much for Gillard being against ‘misogyny’. Did you realize she basically abolished women altogether? https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/10/gillards-guilt/


Meanwhile real women vote on more important issues: inflation, crime, schools, their kids’ futures…  https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/wayne-root-las-vegas-oddsmaker-says-bet-house-gop-landslide-women-stupid/


22/10/2022: Well played Volkswagen: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/protestors-glue-floor-get-mad-company-doesnt-provide-bowl-urinate-defecate/

No sense warming or lighting climate protesters with fossil fuel.


In other news: https://babylonbee.com/news/sad-climate-activists-vandalize-a-picasso-but-no-one-can-tell


21/10/2022: The Simplest Electric ‘Motor’ – the black cylinder is a battery and the round object is a magnet. There are so many true and enchanting things children can be taught about the world without stuffing their developing brains with falsehoods and creeds: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25534051-100-show-children-how-to-make-a-simple-electric-motor-with-a-magnet/


21/10/2022: Even my dead dog wouldn’t vote for you – but evidently she could: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/dead-dog-receives-register-vote-mail-application-mi-dem-party-homeowners-response-priceless/


21/10/2022: China Won’t Stop Using Fossil Fuels Until Clean Sources Can Provide Enough Energy Security – why are they the only sensible nation? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/china-says-cheap-energy-is-more-important-than-climate-wish-list/


21/10/2022: An awful crime and tragedy. 12 such deaths so far. France is in serious trouble from its experiment in ‘multi-culturalism’:  https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/10/the-murder-of-lola-and-the-failure-of-marconism/


20/10/2022: Remembering that before John Howard and other such nanny-staters people always had the right to bear arms: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/10/given-back-as-a-gift-that-which-was-taken/ PS: It appalls me that the Port Arthur ‘tragedy/conspiracy’ should have been the excuse used to remove/curtail this right. Remember that if the events of that day really played out as the official version claims the truth would not be locked away from us for 75 years!


20/10/2022: No doubt some people dream of such things: imagine finding 100 naked men on the side of the road: https://www.news.com.au/world/united-nations-demands-investigation-after-100-naked-men-found-on-the-side-of-a-road/news-story/965a04a90628bb83d4a1c17a5a02825c


20/10/2022: The covid vaccine story just keeps getting worse and worse: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/alice-in-vax-land-lets-test-this-on-8-mice-and-force-it-on-50-million-children/


20/10/2022: Albanese lied to Parliament and the Australian people (on a Stat Dec) and should be forced to resign. In yesterday’s Herald Sun he was openly admitting he has been in contact with his brother in Italy for at least 12 years (ie back when Gillard was PM) yet when Turnbull was PM he still claimed he did not have ‘dual nationality’ and did not know who his father was. All others who had such ‘dual nationality’ were forced to resign. He has persisted with this lie. A man who will lie about who his own father was will lie about anything. He should go: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/halfbrother-of-prime-minister-anthony-albanese-reveals-the-bond-they-share-for-first-time/news-story/7155127610c79b9539b3c24c076d5b7a


18/10/2022: Cipolla’s five basic laws of stupidity – they ought to be graven in stone in every public place so we may harken to them: https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/are-you-technically-stupid-check-the-third-basic-law/


18/10/2022: Past floods without CO2: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/the-forgotten-floods-of-victoria-from-150-years-ago/


18/10/2022: You wonder why anyone would want to create a virus that was nearly totally fatal: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/arrest-now-boston-university-doctors-create-new-covid-variant-80-kill-rate-funded-dr-fauci-nih/


18/10/2022: Antisemitic ALP at it again. Jerusalem no longer the capital of Israel – after how many thousands of years. Next repeal the law of gravity Albo: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/10/albanese-administration-drops-australias-recognition-of-jerusalem-as-capital-of-israel.html


17/10/2022: Seems there are folks who can’t distinguish between disagreeing with a culture, and ‘racism’, the newest easy ‘put-down’ – all too distinguishable from ‘thought’. They have forgotten (apparently – did they ever know?) that most of my and my parents’ lives (this is litotes) was spent fighting the dreadful culture of communism, or that some years of my parents’ generations’ lives were spent eradicating the culture of Nazism, or that my generation stamped out the culture of cannibalism in New Guinea (and with it that fascinating parasite – responsible for the dread disease ‘kuru’ – which more than anything I know of proved that ‘life will find a way!), and so much more. Evil must be fought, whether it is politically correct to do so or not. Not all cultures are equal, certainly not all are good, and some are downright execrable. A culture which supports extreme violence and sexual abuse of women and children for example, must not be allowed to remain. There is ample evidence that there are some cultures which do have horribly evil characteristics at their very core: they must be eliminated. (I have no time for the Saudis, for example). Traditional ‘aboriginal culture’ is an oxymoron. I am not (of course) advocating harming or killing any human being when I say this. For example, I had a number of friends who were ‘patrol officers’ in New Guinea in the 50’s and 60’s who were in the front-line in the ‘war’ against cannibalism and ‘cargo cults’. Some even lost their lives. One friend Jimmy, while helping to eradicate cannibalism in the Highlands, married a Chimbu girl, one of the most interesting (certainly the blackest) friend I have ever had (and the only cannibal!) who had the most awesome eidetic memory (as pre-literate peoples are said to do) and could repeat word for word conversations you had with her months or years before!…yet it was immensely to the benefit of her (and their children’s lives) that the culture of cannibalism was ended! Unfortunately we imported the ‘cargo cults’ and there are now millions of Australians who won’t live without this ‘manna from Heaven’ – or from their hard-working fellow countrymen at least!


17/10/2022: Oh Liz…Definitely not another Maggie Thatcher then, alas. Fourth ‘Treasurer’ in three months – have the Brits forgotten how to add up – like everyone else? https://www.cnbc.com/2022/10/14/uk-pm-liz-truss-fires-finance-minister-kwasi-kwarteng.html


17/10/2022: The climate is enormously, inherently stable. The world “has had millennia to settle into those planetary-scale patterns of temperatures and available sunshine…Once the average available solar power is above 310W/m2, you can add up to an additional 50 W/m2 without increasing the surface temperature one bit.”



17/10/2022: Peter Smith has a very valid point about imposing a Versailles type ‘solution’ on Russia which will just serve to ignite forces leading to further disastrous conflict. The cessation of hostilities in Ukraine needs to be handled very very sensitively, not with a sledgehammer: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/10/16/more-mainstream-media-mediocrity/


16/10/2022: ‘1883’ – a great new series. Della doesn’t usually share my passion for Westerns but she really enjoyed this. Get it from Pirate Bay: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1883_(TV_series)


16/10/2022: Disappointments of time travel: https://www.ancient-origins.net/artifacts-ancient-technology/ancient-technology-0017394


16/10/2022: Bring it on: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-10-scientists-osteoarthritis.html


16/10/2022: Serial Killer diversity has come a long way: https://www.frontpagemag.com/serial-killers-are-too-white/


15/10/2022: ‘Derry Girls’, the funniest thing to come out of Ireland since ‘Father Ted’. For about the first three episodes you will think it is in a foreign language but you will eventually get your ears around it. Lots of belly laughs: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Derry_Girls


15/10/2022: So, Pfizer now admits they never tested to see whether their vaccine would prevent covid transmission. We put such people in charge! https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/pfizer-exec-admits-under-oath-we-never-tested-covid-vaccine-against-transmission


Meanwhile, Dr Peter McCullough: "Before the Covid jabs, 4 in a million Myocarditis cases, afterwards, 25,000 in a million....Myocarditis at this point in time is due to the Covid jabs until proven otherwise." Myocarditis, a 6,000 times increase – just a coincidence!


15/10/2022: Ian Plimer is great: https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/my-cpac-turpitudes/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=UNFI%20%2020221012%20%20SG&utm_content=UNFI%20%2020221012%20%20SG+CID_5eacab48e9c8ceeb250824f935714947&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=Plimer%20continues%20to%20melt%20their%20fake%20news%20with%20facts


15/10/2022: Bring back the cane for such spoilt vandals. I am sick of being lectured to by half-witted badly raised infants of whatever age: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/climate-activists-throw-soup-on-van-gogh-painting-to-save-the-world/


14/10/2022: Find Your Own Places to Explore An ‘extension’ of an earlier post, Gully Walking


I have always liked Robert Frost’s poem ‘The Road Not Taken’ even though I realised long ago how much he/it owed toward my even more favourite poet, Edward Thomas. However I too long ago “took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference” as Frost reflects, and I urge you to do the same.


“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—

I took the one less traveled by,

And that has made all the difference.”


It is all very well (as a beginner hiker/outdoorsman) perhaps to first experience some of the outstanding ‘great walks’ which abound in your country, but soon you will realize that they are both too crowded and have long since stopped providing quite the bliss of solitude and exploration which perhaps their creation envisaged. But you have to start somewhere.


Before you head off on your own ‘road’ you first need to master some bushcraft skills such as I have been talking about here for quite some time. You need to be able to find your way unaided (ie with just your senses and intelligence through the trackless bush (for days at a time) – and this takes study and practice. Read More:  https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/10/13/find-your-own-places-to-explore/



14/10/2022: Just a small mistake: https://www.wxii12.com/article/suspects-finger-severed-victim-slams-door-hand-attempted-home-invasion/41585440#


14/10/2022: Do you need further proof that EVs will not work: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/13/dear-neighbour-please-ration-your-electricity-use-so-our-evs-can-charge/


14/10/2022: Glyphosate not the bad guy then: https://www.acsh.org/news/2022/10/11/science-finally-winning-day-glyphosate-cases-16602


13/10/2022: More questions for our time: Did Kosciuszko die of acne? http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65336

13/10/2022: Five compelling reasons why you should reject ‘man-made climate change’: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/five-climate-change-smoking-guns-reasons-manmade-climate-change-lie/

13/10/2022: Which came first – Nazism or environmentalism? https://www.encounterbooks.com/features/nazis-embraced-environmentalism/

13/10/2022: ‘Who blew up the Kerch Bridge’ – a question to add to ‘Who blew up Nords 1 & 2?’ https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/russian-spy-agency-identifies-crimean-bridge-bombers-reveals-route-bomb-ukraine-bulgaria-armenia-georgia-exploding-russian-bridge/ & https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/who-really-blew-up-the-kerch-bridge/

12/10/2022: A grand old lady passes: https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/angela-lansbury-murder-she-wrote-star-and-legendary-hollywood-actress-dead

12/10/2022: Peak Oil Anyone? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/10/04/the-permian-basin-the-gift-that-keeps-on-giving/

12/10/2022: Clearly they knew about covid much earlier than we were told: https://nypost.com/2021/06/04/chinese-scientist-filed-covid-vaccine-patent-after-contagion-emerged-report/


12/10/2022: Neither do I think this was ‘misinformation’. Such ‘information’ as we got was rather poor and very one-sided. The move by ‘Big Tech’ and Big Gov’ to throttle it was dire: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/florida-surgeon-general-advises-men-aged-18-39-not-to-take-covid-vax-twitter-deletes-misinformation/

11/10/2022: Jacinta Price is great. Hers is the kind of ‘Voice’ we need as a nation.: https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/the-jacinta-juggernaut/

11/10/2022: How good are EVs in an emergency? Now those which got wet are exploding. Great stuff: https://12ft.io/proxy?ref=&q=https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/09/electric_vehicles_and_the_evacuation_of_florida.html


11/10/2022: An author to check out: https://althouse.blogspot.com/2022/10/she-holds-six-of-top-10-spots-on-new.html


11/10/2022: Today’s Left seeks to turn everywhere into Albania: https://notesonliberty.com/2022/08/13/albania-people-and-ruins/

10/10/2022: Merrin’s Wiggly Stick: This afternoon as I came out of the front door after lunch to go work on the tractor I saw the largest red-bellied black snake I think I had ever seen just sliding under the fridge on the verandah then it simply disappeared. I poked around under the fridge, even moved the fridge; yet there was no sign of it. I thought ‘No way such a large snake could be in the rat bait station next to the fridge’ but when I lifted the lid there it was. I suspect it had been there before. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/10/10/merrins-wiggly-stick/

09/10/2022: ‘How dare you do anything productive!’ is pretty much the motto of local councils the world over: https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/diddly-squat/


09/10/2022: When renewable electricity becomes so expensive you can’t afford to make solar panels: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/netzero-destroys-netzero-europe-cant-manufacture-solar-panels-due-to-high-energy-prices/


Fortunately we will be able to warm ourselves from EV fires: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/after-the-storm-then-come-the-ev-fires/

09/10/2022: A New Welcome to Country. Yes, ‘Before beginning, I’d like to acknowledge the sovereign land of Australia and the institutions and way of life that ensure our freedoms and liberties; one land, one nation, one people. We stand on the shoulders of giants and as a result of their legacy Australia is a beacon of opportunity, equality and justice in an increasingly dangerous and hostile world.’ https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/a-new-welcome-to-country/

09/10/2022: Remember when 3,000 people used to be killed in car accidents annually and it was a problem requiring various draconian solutions (many of which have been implemented with detriment to our freedoms, alas) but now that 10,000 excess deaths are occurring we should ignore it: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/new-cdc-data-shows-7-7-of-10-million-people-needed-medical-care-after-vaccination/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/10000-mysterious-excess-deaths-in-australia-that-no-one-wants-to-talk-about/


08/10/2022: Eating on the Wild Side – cheaper than the supermarket anyway: https://www.amazon.com.au/Eating-Wild-Side-Pharmacologic-Implications/dp/0816520674?asin=B08W9LRC7D&revisionId=e17c26ab&format=1&depth=1


08/10/2022: When the lunatics are in charge of our energy supply: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/10/05/guest-post-dr-faustus-abide-with-me/


08/10/2022: CPAC underlines the woeful state of the Liberal/National Parties. Truly a new conservative force in Oz politics is needed, soonest: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/10/cpac-and-its-no-show-conservatives/

08/10/2022: Regarding aboriginal ‘displacement’, one should understand that almost no women came to Australia in the early days. Most male settlers took aboriginal wives who were no doubt just as keen to ‘better’ themselves, and their (joint) descendents farmed and developed practically the whole continent. Many aboriginal orphans were also adopted and raised by the colonists as their own. All this is undeniably attested to by early observers such as Tench. No better rapprochement of two ‘cultures’ could be imagined. There are few of us whose ancestors came here in the C18th or early C19th who do not have some ‘aboriginal’ ancestors as well (though the records may be lost in time). Della and I certainly each have at least one such ‘dark horse’ in our family tree, as well as the odd Jew, gypsy, whatever – but that is all the past. What is important is the glorious egalitarian future which awaits all Australians whenever and wherever they came from: https://spectator.com.au/2022/10/unfair-dinkum-history/

07/10/2022: Be Prepared: 'A word to the wise is enough'. Unfortunately for most people 'a word' is not enough. Every year world-wide tens of thousands of poorly prepared people disappear or meet their end in the back country when they should have just been having fun, admiring the view of that far horizon, peering around the river's bend to see what's there and  breathing that clear cool air deeply. I hope I can prevent a few such unfortunate events. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/10/05/be-prepared/

07/10/2022: Men’s Lib Anyone? Yes, we have a problem, eg “We also need a national recruitment drive for male teachers. Boys do better in schools with more men at the front of the classroom, especially in subjects like English. But men account for a shrinking share of the teaching profession: just 24%, down from 33% in the 1980s. In elementary schools, only 11% are men. And in the earliest years, men are virtually invisible. Just 3% of kindergarten teachers are men, which is about half the share of women flying military airplanes. Men, our schools need you.” : https://nypost.com/2022/10/01/why-us-boys-are-failing-at-schooland-men-are-losing-in-life/


07/10/2022: Hard to believe this guy (and Lomberg) used to be the enemy: https://www.amazon.com.au/Apocalypse-Never-Environmental-Alarmism-Hurts-ebook/dp/B07Y8FHFQ7?asin=B07Y8FHFQ7&revisionId=8daa18d4&format=1&depth=1

07/10/2022: Whatever happened to the notion of ‘treason’? https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/if_you_chose_isis_you_are_no_longer_australian

06/10/2022: Might be nice if you like cruising: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EouzzYmXyhA&t=3621s


06/10/2022: Is there hope? “This is a classic case of the slowly boiling frog. We are frogs slowly boiling as we speak.  It is the fate that the great economist Friedrich Hayek warned us of in his best seller of the 1940s, The Road to Serfdom.  He argued that totalitarianism can creep up by stealth and not only through revolution. Benign innovations like the welfare state turn, over time, into freedom-destroying, socialist disasters that no one, despite being in democratic systems, voted for.  Hence, we get stuck with failed education systems that peddle propaganda and sideline parents, we get stuck with paying for subsidies to windfarms and solar panels, we get woked to death at every turn, we get abortion and euthanasia, we get COVID tyranny and discrimination.  We get rule by experts that none of us have ever heard of, and who are, in any case, seldom expert at anything except controlling us.  Oh, and we get mass immigration that has never, ever been debated on the hustings and for which nobody had a mandate.  We get the Voice, despite Albo’s getting only 31 per cent of the primary vote — about the same as the alt-parties combined. So, we get the Voice but we don’t have a voice… we now inhabit a world where our rights are reduced to nought and the values that we still cherish and which substantial majorities of our fellow citizens once did too, are now minority views scorned by loud voices across the system.  The duty to fight against the tyrannies that we have had foist upon us is more important than ever.  And the uphill battle has taken on a steepness that will be uncongenial to most of us”. Things look bad, but maybe start ‘turning up’. At least get out there and vote for the Lib Dems, One Nation, UAP, Freedom Party & etc. Let’s show Andrews and Guy that we don’t want either of them: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/10/the-duty-to-make-a-stand-and-fight/


06/10/2022: And you thought you could keep foxes (not to mention ‘the yellow peril’) out of Oz: https://phys.org/news/2022-09-pacific-ocean-world-supercontinent.html


06/10/2022: If they did it once then they likely did it twice: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/flashback-cia-sabotaged-soviet-pipeline-europe-1982-us-software-caused-massive-explosion-siberian-pipeline-seen-space/


05/10/2022: Outback Boats: A New Way to Travel to the Waitutu Lodge (and elsewhere): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fN38JuNup8Y You can buy one of your own. Imagine the places you could go. I can think of many such here in Gippsland too but probably they are illegal here like most things: http://www.outbackboats.nz/ Can’t wait to get back to the South Coast Track myself. Next year Jerusalem! See Also: South Coast Track New Zealand



05/10/2022: A great business plan for the next gun amnesty: https://www.wktv.com/news/local/man-claims-he-was-paid-21-000-for-3d-printed-guns-at-new-york-ags/article_8e3be6fc-3eac-11ed-976b-7399515a1395.html


05/10/2022: A Compendium of Climate Lies: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1576596964447203330.html


05/10/2022: Thanks Dan: Another $600 million down the drain: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/10/victorias-white-elephant-covid-quarantine-camp-officially-granted-white-elephant-status.html 


04/10/2022: Do you think I was wrong in 2012 when I wrote this: “So, the Reserve Bank is still playing fast and loose with our money: as if Capital was so easy to come by - instead of taking a lifetime of hard work and saving. At current levels the reserve bank's rates barely (if at all) keep pace with inflation leaving savers with no income from their hard-earned money. On the other side of the ledger the punters who want to further leverage their outlandish Macmansions are encouraged to do so to the detriment of those who in the current real estate climate can't afford housing at all and have to continue to live with their parents and grandparents: I know several 'middle class' families of Sydneysiders (all hard workers) who are sharing three generation housing. Higher interest rates would advantage savers (including those saving for a home) and force the outrageous price of housing downwards. It would take probably twenty years of interest rates above 10% to force house prices down to the more modest American level. Question: Why does it cost several times more today to create a block of land and a house than it did thirty or fifty years ago? Where are the benefits to housing of productivity growth and labour saving machinery? In the 1950's, 60's and early 70's a father could afford to be the only wage earner and support a wife and two children whilst paying off a house and car. What happened to that Australian dream? Even though we have had reasonable income all our lives with both of us working and contributing, we have only managed to pay off a modest house (about half the value of a house in Sydney) and we built every bit of it with our own hands - even the bricks it is made from. The people running this economy are fools, swindlers or both!


04/10/2022: Perrottet gets worse and worse. Today he suggested draconian penalties against folk who (perfectly rightly) objected to racist ‘welcome to country’ nonsense at the footie. Let’s just have one country for all without any of this ‘race’ b------t, please! Somehow this has now been suppressed into a news item about maybe one person giving what might have been a Nazi salute and might just have been an awkward hand gesture too. Perrottet’s love of racism is just dreadful. First we have a divisive and frankly offensive flag replacing the NSW flag on the Harbour Bridge (as if someone else built that icon) then the news that he will be handing over all the land in National Parks to a certain race, now this threat to gaol or permanently ban anyone who objects to his racist politics. What next? White slavery anyone? As if this was not already the case when you consider the huge percentage of his beloved ‘folks of colour’ who are ‘welfare dependent’. Who is doing their work for them (or paying their land rates) then? (Of course the way immigration has been going it will be other ‘people of colour’). We must just have one country, equality of all, everyone standing on their own two feet, supporting themselves without any blame games or weak claims of victimhood.


04/10/2022: In case you wonder why the Left want us to move over to electronic voting systems…You should have little doubt who Google (or Goolag as you might prefer to call it) wants to win:  https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/10/biggest-victory-patriots-history-brazil-despite-massive-fraud/


04/10/2022: ‘Lies, damned lies and statistics’. Imagine being able to completely explain away the fact that women outlive men by seven years: https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-find-that-men-have-a-high-probability-of-outliving-women/


03/10/2022: When life goes wrong: https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-tale-of-richard-hoskins-a-life


03/10/2022: More Nigerian school-women rescued from terrorists: https://www.wnd.com/2022/09/schoolgirls-found-alive-8-years-notorious-kidnapping-case/


03/10/2022: We own the science; we own the truth – even if it is demonstrably wrong: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/10/we-own-the-science-brags-un-chief-who-works-with-google-to-suppress-climate-skeptics/


02/10/2022: Best strategies for longevity: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-09-older-adults-factors.html


02/10/2022: Beware: “The Voice is a move to create new constitutional entitlements by stealth. It would jettison the principle that, no matter when they or their ancestors arrived here, all Australians are equal. If it is successful, the real victims will be the majority of Australian voters who will find their country’s long-standing political commitment to egalitarianism and a fair go has been emasculated behind their back.” Giving away our National Parks and other public lands (now 60% of the country) is just creating a new hereditary ‘nobility’ this time based on supposed ‘race’ but which is not subject to the same laws as the rest of us, eg no need to pay rates or lose property because of unpaid rates. We have spent literally centuries getting rid of such evils:



02/10/2022: The green movement wants to take food production back to the Middle Ages (and population with it): https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/09/29/climate-activists-attacking-fertiliser-use-food-mass-production/


02/10/2022: 140,000 clearly fake votes found in just one county in Arizona (a state which Trump ‘lost’ by <10,000 votes) is just the tip of the iceberg of voter fraud and a stolen election: https://uncoverdc.com/2022/09/27/jovan-hutton-pulitzer-election-day-ballots-may-have-been-inserted-in-maricopa-county/


01/10/2022: So, what’s ahead? “Half a generation of traumatic experiences will eventually make firm rules of monetary stability acceptable. This time round they will have to be strictly and consistently enforced. In most nations, it will be necessary to cut back the burdens of government, although international conflicts will impose unavoidable new costs. And it will require courageous politicians who permit as much competition in capital, labour and product markets as it takes to produce a rise in entrepreneurial creativity. Nonetheless, the core elements of the 1980s recovery—stable money, smaller government, freer markets—and the political courage to oppose particular interests will again have to become the policy priorities if the huge task ahead is to be resolved.” https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/09/the-arduous-path-back-to-stability-and-growth/


01/10/2022: NSW introduces apartheid. Horrifying. This nonsense (evil) must end: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/09/paying-the-rent-with-our-national-parks/


01/10/2022: Surely you just can’t vote for a mass murderer (Andrews) no matter how bad the opposition – but now there are other alternatives. (One Nation, Freedom Party, UAP, etc) The likes of Andrews are presiding over daily deaths from covid sometimes of hundreds of people due almost solely to their refusal to implement cheap sensible prevention and treatment options which others succeeded with. Compare the Daily Deaths – and think about who is responsible here: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/india/ & https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/australia/


30/09/2022: Should we live a riskier existence – an interesting perspective: https://www.city-journal.org/bring-back-risk?utm_source=pocket_mylist


30/09/2022: At least Liz Truss is having a go at economic reform. It is a better direction anyway than ‘more socialism’ which seems to be the default position elsewhere: https://www.afr.com/policy/foreign-affairs/trussonomics-revolutionises-the-tax-debt-growth-conversation-20220922-p5bk2h?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR3T7qwzQhKTiklmlCYpFokFL61sySOlpAOHhcbQy9ySKJzElZGhTist55o#Echobox=1664080310


30/09/2022: The climate models are just so bad – you would not want to bet your hard-earned on them: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/climate-models-not-good-enough-to-invest-my-superannuation-in-says-modeler-prof-andy-pitman/


30/09/2022: This was a typical ‘first nations’ and victimhood scam: https://www.commonsense.news/p/the-great-canadian-mass-graves-hoax


29/09/2022: This is a profound and important essay. For example, “The self cannot bear such a heavy burden as creating its own happiness. Vitz pointed out that disengaging from institutional legacies reduces the sense of resilience, of drawing from the wisdom of the past, of being connected to others. It creates harm in attacking our respect for rational thought, in our understanding of objective reality, which ties in well with the critical theorists’ undermining of Western thought itself.” https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/09/the-psychologist-who-resisted-the-cultural-onslaught/


29/09/2022: What an evil witch this woman is. (Hopefully she is soon to be gone): https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/09/ardern-tells-un-internet-freedom-is-a-weapon-of-war.html


29/09/2022: “In a unsettled world, countries which don’t have energy security don’t have any security at all”. Can I remind you that we import most of our transport fuel and that ‘reserves’ are only about three weeks. Small modular (nuclear) reactors make more strategic sense than big energy projects: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/as-underwater-gas-pipes-explode-ponder-that-a-third-of-uk-gas-comes-from-an-underwater-pipe/


29/09/2022: Meanwhile, Congratulations Australia you are already at ‘net zero’: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2022/09/congratulations-australia-youre-already-at-net-zero/


28/09/2022: One Pacific island which is definitely not shrinking: https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/natural-wonders/new-island-discovered-in-pacific-ocean-after-tonga-underwater-volcano-eruption/news-story/2168f014f4b7f78efb2492f1b8a73cfa


28/09/2022: Someone blew up the two Nordstream gas pipeleines ensuring Europe will freeze this winter, but who? Could it really be Biden who threatened to do so: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/nordstream-gas-pipeline-apparently-sabotaged-explosions-and-three-huge-leaks/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/analysis-nord-stream-pipelines-sabotaged-one-country-benefits/


28/09/2022: The new Italian leader seems to be a breath of fresh air – likewise the new Swedish one. The times they are a’changing: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/giorgia-meloni-italy-without-roots-and-an-identity-you-are-a-slave-the-perfect-consumer/


28/09/2022: How China is destroying the West: https://dailycaller.com/2022/09/24/opinion-china-is-laughing-at-us-bastasch/


27/09/2022: It is not just our family of Joneses which arose from this Ely swamp: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65203


27/09/2022: Clearly people were right to be concerned about the MRNA vaccine. Its adverse effects have proved to be worse than any other medical treatment in history: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/we-should-stop-all-covid-vaccinations-says-uk-cardiac-surgeon-who-once-promoted-them/


27/09/2022: Lots of Russians clearly do not support Putin’s war on Ukraine: https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2022/09/26/total-chaos-russian-mobilization-exodus-accelerates-amid-border-closure-rumors-a78894


27/09/2022: Hard to believe. Sad I can’t apply: https://chaninicholas.com/careers/


26/09/2022: Astonishing images from Jupiter: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-11238745/NASAs-Juno-probe-snaps-stunning-photo-Jupiters-clouds-look-like-frosting-cupcake.html


26/09/2022: Who knew? “According to scientists measuring cumulative energy demand (CED), production of the average lithium-ion battery uses three times more electrical energy compared to a generic battery.” So, what happens when the grid collapses? https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/09/25/rafes-roundup-25-sept/


26/09/2022: The EU is the biggest economy in the world yet their fertilizer production is down 70%. We are going into a very lean time for the world’s food production: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/just-like-that-european-fertilizer-production-down-70/


25/09/2022: Very well done: https://www.fieldandstream.com/fishing/kayak-angler-catches-marlin-hawaii/


25/09/2022: Back from the dead: https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/ancient-aphrodisiac-0017316


25/09/2022: Just when I got a new Knee: https://newatlas.com/medical/moximed-misha-shock-absorber-knee-implant/


25/09/2022: Two brothers who couldn’t be less alike. Your remember the rabid commie and anti-Semite Jeremy? Well here’s his brother Piers the climate sceptic:  https://www.zerohedge.com/weather/nothing-do-man-astrophysicist-says-climate-cultists-are-gravy-train-make-money


24/09/2022: It begins, maybe…Big news breaking in China: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/rumors-of-military-coup-in-china-claim-xi-under-house-arrest/


24/09/2022: Just have to hope my wife, Della does not join Peta. Not much risk of that though I suspect: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/peta-calls-for-female-sex-strike-to-save-the-planet-from-storms-caused-by-steak-and-sausages/


24/09/2022: Can anything save Victoria? Guy has to go so that Dan can go too. Guy’s Libs are trailing Andrews’ Labor by 12% in the polls and the state has $170 billion of debt which we will have extreme difficulty financing in future. Don’t believe any spending promises. They will have to be broken. And unless something drastic is done we will run out of electricity and gas.: https://spectator.com.au/2022/09/victorian-politics-a-desolate-landscape/


24/09/2022: Our society cannot survive renewable energy – the wind droughts will kill it: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/09/22/not-enough-oats-in-the-european-power-supply/


24/09/2022: Wow! Covid vaccines have been shown to be 98 times worse than the disease itself in young adults: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/ethically-unjustifiable-new-harvard-johns-hopkins-study-found-covid-19-vaccines-98-times-worse-disease/


But doctors may not warn you: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/vaccine-news-is-so-good-that-california-state-bans-doctors-from-saying-what-they-think/


23/09/2022: How to scan and share old print photos with your phone. Maybe this is a solution? Get the App 'PhotoScan by Google Photos' from the Google Play Store. The App takes several photos of the original and puts them together, finds the edges corrects them & etc. Scan the photos during the daylight maybe on the verandah. You don't want reflected light from an overhead lamp etc. If you have a decent phone camera this will make a beautiful photo in seconds. You will probably have to save it to Google drive and share it from there eg by email. It works: https://www.google.com/photos/scan/


23/09/2022: Just a year ago really: Western civilization is sliding off the cliff, and most people in the western world aren't even aware of that…Do you think there's any chance of getting Taliban commanders to teach at West Point? It might be a nice change of pace for cadets to learn from someone who actually won a war.” https://www.steynonline.com/12726/dead-superpower-walking


23/09/2022: Maybe we can do something to destroy the green blob after all: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/winning-antitrust-laws-slow-down-the-climate-plans-of-monster-cartel-of-un-and-global-bankers/


23/09/2022: Without science and engineering we are just children playing with someone else’s toys: https://americanmind.org/features/florida-versus-davos/five-myths-about-china/


22/09/2022: More Michael Faradays please: https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-faraday-is-worth-1-000-faucis-science-electricity-computer-dynamo-equity-fairness-stem-pandemic-pew-trust-experts-11663505143?st=p1602fxqywwa5gr&reflink=article_email_share


22/09/2022: And it isn’t just Merkel who is a commie shill. Most of our Western leaders have taken the thirty pieces of silver: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/angela-merkel-kgb-asset/


22/09/2022: I hope the past year’s imbroglio in Ukraine is not akin to the Phoney War at the beginning of WW2. Putin’s escalation today gives a strong hint that things are about to get much nastier. 300,000 more people to become ‘cannon fodder’ perhaps. War is very difficult to understand. Most of the individuals involved on both sides would rather be enjoying a barbecue and a few glasses of beer with those on the other side if only the megalomania of their nation’s leaders did not get in the way: https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/world-leaders-react-to-vladimir-putins-latest-chilling-speech-on-ukraine-conflict/news-story/fd96338e0a1dcc21850479066f452301


22/09/2022: Europe detransitions – and about time too: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/09/europe-detransitions/


Meanwhile, good news from the US: https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/valencia-prime-philadelphia-drag-queen-dies-performance-rcna47893


21/09/2022: Remember when this guy used to be one of them – he has certainly ‘seen the light’: https://michaelshellenberger.substack.com/p/why-progressives-undermine-civilization?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email


21/09/2022: Things have got bad under Biden – don’t expect better under Albanese: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/greatest-loss-of-household-wealth-in-history/


21/09/2022: It’s not just me who is opposed to the sexualisation of children it seems. What is going on here: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/gays-groomers-permanently-deplatformed-paypal-venmo/


21/09/2022: ‘I honour my God; I serve the Queen; I salute the flag.’ We recited this every morning during school assembly. Though I have never been a theist, I do not think it was a bad thing – but alas, it will never be repeated by our children again. Farewell Your Majesty.


And good luck with that republic Albo – maybe you should have consulted your own members first: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/09/roy-morgan-poll-huge-increase-in-support-for-the-monarchy-from-labor-voters.html


18/09/2022: Thanks Liz & goodbye to net zero. Fracking here we come: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/netzero-takes-a-hit-in-the-uk-fracking-is-on-and-could-eclipse-north-sea-gas/


18/09/2022: Well said Rafe, “Humanity has a destiny out amongst the stars, but we will not reach them if we allow ourselves to be crushed by this secret society of evil, inbred, globalist conspirator families who have been plotting and working towards the destruction of our nations and our enslavement for centuries. We can win this war of elites versus commoners, but only if everyone who knows these truths speaks out in every way possible to awaken those who remain oblivious to it all.”  https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/09/17/what-is-happening-and-why/


18/09/2022: When communists engage in this level of cover up you know there is much more to hide (Christo would have been proud) – I wonder what the real GDP is, for example. Remember when the USSR was a super-power yet when it collapsed it was revealed to have a GDP the size of Portugal? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/eco-green-china-is-sprayed-from-a-bottle/

18/09/2022: Trump may be the second most popular public figure on the planet after Queen Elizabeth – but I notice there have been conservative victories in Italy and Sweden lately. Liz Truss in the UK seems to be an improvement too, so the tide may be turning: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/president-trump-speak-youngstown-ohio-700-pm-eastern-supporters-camp-hours/

18/09/2022: The Best Five Backpacking Blogs. Of course we were delighted to have our humble blog chosen  to be amongst the best in the world in this comprehensive survey. Feedspot's Best Ultralight Backpacking Blogs. Thank you to Anuj and his staff for their endorsement.

It has been a lot of hard work and is all the more extraordinary in that it is not a commercial site and is pretty much all my own work (with a lot of help and support from Della, my wonderful wife of fifty years. Currently this post is post Number 1573 on our site – millions of words.

I admit my posting has slowed down a bit of late due equally to indifferent health, the demands of other work, the fact that I do not simply publicise every ‘new’ product which comes along whether I like it our not but chose to talk about only those which I like and which I think make a useful contribution to the goals of ‘ultralight’ – but more than anything to the fact that so many of my posts are about my own doings and inventions – and this takes time. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/09/17/best-five-backpacking-blogs/


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17/09/2022: NASA finds organic matter ‘treasure’ on Mars: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/nasa-rover-finds-organic-matter-treasure-on-mars/


17/09/2022: Viv Forbes (and Geoffrey Chaucer) is so right we are ruled by  ‘Parliaments of Fools’: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/09/our-mate-viv-forbes-on-a-nation-ruled-by-fools.html


17/09/2022: Who’s the king of the castle now? Watch out, the Indians are coming: https://www.thestreet.com/technology/bezos-is-about-to-lose-title-of-worlds-second-richest-man


17/09/2022: Big Brother never had mind control as powerful as the mobile phone and Tik Tok: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/the-worlds-biggest-stealth-propaganda-operation-is-conditioning-your-child-through-their-phone/


16/09/2022: Can anyone tell me what is going on here? I had always believed there was no such thing as a free lunch, but this certainly looks like it. There are lots of these devices. I assume the magnet would ‘go flat’ after a while? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sL-7pm__HXk

16/09/2022: Greenpeace founder Patrick Moore explains how the environment movement was hijacked: https://www.climatedepot.com/2022/09/08/prominent-scientist-dr-patrick-moore-backs-up-claim-that-there-is-no-climate-emergency/ On temperature change, Moore asserts that “the world has been warming since about the year 1700, 150 years before we were using fossil fuels..1700 was the peak of the Little Ice Age, which was very cold and caused crop failures and starvation…Before that, around 1000 A.D. was the Medieval Warm period when Vikings farmed Greenland…[And] before that, around 500 A.D. were the Dark Ages, and before that, the Roman Warm Period when it was warmer than today, and the sea level was 1–2 meters higher than today.”

16/09/2022: Tyranny in America has gone just too far (and we have seen the same things creeping in here too). De Santis has an intelligent response: https://nypost.com/2022/09/14/facebook-spied-on-private-messages-of-americans-who-questioned-2020-election/ & https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/political-purges-in-america-fbi-intimidation-but-hope-against-woke-rises-in-florida/


15/09/2022: Are people finally starting to catch on to the fact that electric vehicles are a terrible idea? https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/09/down-with-electric-vehicles.php

“If every country achieved its stated ambitious electric-vehicle targets by 2030, the world would save 231 million tons of CO2 emissions. Plugging these savings into the standard United Nations Climate Panel model, that comes to a reduction of 0.0002 degree Fahrenheit by the end of the century.”


15/09/2022: This 31,000 year old amputee’s finding shatters so many notions about the past: https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/earliest-amputee-borneo-0017238 


15/09/2022: The case for recriminalisation: https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2022-09-09/lgbtqc-groomer-roundup-one-fifth-gen-z-now-queer-entire-2nd-grade-class


15/09/2022: And you thought you had a problem being white: https://news.yahoo.com/albino-hunters-accused-kidnapping-butchering-081821692.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly9jaXRpemVuZnJlZXByZXNzLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAKHZ1e1ri7aa-AVTEM4An4qAGzRucvLkR64eEEQoq59zygh9vzKWyuatWwaIJK4-PE0UN7FWF7hf8PWi2Wx8v7Hds0NBSlqA7eaOvDHNru7UuHKw95mfg8d0ZYTwyNYpHrc6XVMANco0RMCB2pRVT8fDLkQ2l8DSKFob9-QaR358


14/09/2022: ‘Rings of Power’: We watched the first two episodes last night and found them surprisingly good (with some misgivings admittedly). I really like Galadriel. The visual feast, especially the NZ scenery is a delight: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7631058/


14/09/2022: Is there a serial killer loose in the UK? First Mountbatten was killed, then Diana, now the Queen (not to mention Princess Margaret, the Queen Mother, Prince Phillip…). I think we are beginning to see a pattern here. Is Camilla the culprit – more likely Megan? Just a (tasteless) BTW: Don’t they have fridges in the UK?


14/09/2022: Good news indeed – we have needed to do this for a long, long time: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/09/good-news-out-of-canada/


14/09/2022: The Ukrainian counter-offensive is at least a propaganda victory so far: https://www.the-sun.com/news/6211083/russian-troops-surrendering-ukraine-helicopter-blasts-targets/


13/09/2022: I think this is a fair point, “There are only nine meals between mankind and anarchy.” And that the current ‘energy crisis’ and ‘energy transformation’ will prove the point. I suspect we will have a military takeover of Australia within the next decade, and likely much worse elsewhere: https://legalinsurrection.com/2022/09/finnish-economist-i-am-telling-you-people-that-the-situation-in-europe-is-much-worse-than-many-understand/


13/09/2022: 200 years since Britain banned it there are still 50 million people living in slavery: https://www.barrons.com/news/50-million-people-stuck-in-modern-slavery-un-01662966307


13/09/2022: I would not have believed it but maybe the Russians bit off more than they could chew in Ukraine: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.washingtonexaminer.com%2Fpolicy%2Fdefense-national-security%2Fafter-200-days-of-war-the-tide-has-turned-in-ukraines-favor


13/09/2022: We must save the Great Nullarbor Coral Reef: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/corals-covered-australian-desert-maybe-they-will-grow-back-if-we-screw-in-the-right-light-globe/


12/09/2022: Just when I had a knee replacement they come up with a better option: https://scitechdaily.com/fixing-knee-pain-new-cartilage-substitute-is-better-than-the-real-thing/


12/09/2022: If there really are 70,000+ deaths from covid vaccines it ought to be investigated: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/group-doctors-scientists-professionals-34-countries-declare-international-medical-crisis-due-diseases-deaths-caused-covid-19-vaccines/


12/09/2022: The joys of electric car ownership: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/09/16-reasons-why-you-need-to-buy-an-electric-car/


12/09/2022: On the Pakistan floods, It’s the weather, stupid! UN Chief and pagan witch-doctor Guterres “we are heading into a disaster…we have waged war on nature, and nature is striking back, and striking back in a devastating way.” Such people should grow up and get a real job: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/nature-is-striking-back-fake-saint-guterres-exploits-pakistans-pain-to-sell-his-climate-religion-and-ask-for-money/


11/09/2022: Electricity prices in the UK are already so high that it costs more to re-fuel an electric car than a hydrocarbon one. When you consider the huge subsidies given to ‘renewables’ and the fact that there is also a 90% tax on diesel/petrol etc, such a technology is just not sustainable – especially now that we know that hydrocarbon fuels are largely abiotic and will never run out and that CO2 does not cause any ‘climate change’ and any increase in its atmospheric content is enormously beneficial. Let’s frack! https://justthenews.com/world/europe/british-prime-minister-truss-lifts-fracking-ban-amid-energy-crisis?utm_source=justthenews.com&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=external-news-aggregators


11/09/2022: A big step forward towards sustained fusion in Korea: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/09/09/south-korea-fusion-breakthrough-20s-100-million-degree-fusion-plasma-with-no-instability/


11/09/2022: Why ‘personality tests’ are bunkum: https://iai.tv/articles/the-truth-about-the-myersbriggs-personality-test-auid-2235?_auid=2020


11/09/2022: Leave the kids alone for goodness’ sake: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/popular-preschool-animated-series-peppa-pig-introduces-lesbian-polar-bear-couple/


10/09/2022: Icebreaker’s merino wool caps are the best, and they are on special right now. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/09/08/best-deer-hunters-cap-best-ultralight-cap/



10/09/2022: What a piece of s—t Adam Bandt (and the Greens) is/are. Hopefully we shall soon see the last of them: https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/royals/greens-leader-slammed-over-queen-elizabeth-ii-tweet/news-story/2bb699604360612e86f76240796459dd


10/09/2022: Turns out the movement of heat outwards along the meridians is the largest driver of climate change and that ‘greenhouse gases’ have almost nothing to do with it: “Opposite to what is generally believed, when less energy is transported poleward the planet gets warmer. The planet warmed after 1850 due to a reduction in MT, followed by the increase in GHGs since the mid-20th century. While global warming is likely to continue over most of the 21st century, the rate is unlikely to increase, and might even decrease, disproving nearly every climate projection. Recent warming appears to be multicausal, caused by changes in solar activity and MT, besides GHGs. It is thus very unlikely that the decarbonization of the economy will have any significant effect on climate, although it could have a great effect on the transfer of wealth from some agents in the global economy to others, even if its total effect on wealth creation is negative.” Canute imitators are going to make us very poor however: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/09/04/the-sun-climate-effect-the-winter-gatekeeper-hypothesis-vi-meridional-transport-is-the-main-climate-change-driver/

10/09/2022: I think Tucker nails it here, “The British Empire was not perfect, but it was far more humane than any other ever. It’s gone now, barely even remembered. Queen Elizabeth II was the last living link to a truly Great Britain.

When the U.S. government withdrew from Afghanistan after 20 years, we left behind airstrips, shipping containers and guns. When the British pulled out of India, they left behind an entire civilization, a language, a legal system, schools, churches and public buildings, all of which are still in use today.

The British did give the world the Magna Carta and habeas corpus and free speech. They helped end the transatlantic slave trade, as well as the ritual murder of widows in India. The British Empire spread Protestant Christianity to the entire world. It published some of the greatest literature ever written and produced the finest manufactured goods ever made anywhere at any time, including now.”  — Tucker Carlson https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/the-queen/

09/09/2022: Farewell you great lady, Lillibet. The very last Seekers’ song just released (for Judith’s memorial) is a fitting tribute I think: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwhXSsjHz3k


09/09/2022: Who knew? The earliest boomerang was found in Poland: https://www.nature.com/articles/329436a0


09/09/2022: The (new) green solution to being cold – so much better than oil, gas and coal (presumably a bad translation - original is behind a paywall): https://news-universe.com/2022/09/07/europe-is-sacrificing-its-ancient-forests-for-energy/


09/09/2022: Having fun at the expense of the new Puritans: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/09/dont-eat-the-bugs/


08/09/2022: 10 More Environmentally Friendly Alternatives To Using Electricity: https://babylonbee.com/news/10-more-environmentally-friendly-alternatives-to-using-electricity


08/09/2022: Nigel Farage, Britain’s next PM – you can only hope: https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/nigel-farage-cowardly-conservatives-are-letting-the-marxist-woke-mob-destroy-our-free-speech-now-its-time-to-take-a-stand/news-story/ec2ee72fa158d346414edaaf2ee9e247


08/09/2022: Peter Smith is absolutely right: Labor and the Greens’ ‘Renewable Energy Plans’ are just insane. Read why – and weep: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/09/some-ohm-truths-about-the-great-green-fantasy/


08/09/2022: One big step to fight dementia: https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2022/09/06/step-count-dementia-risk-study/5831662487084/


07/09/2022: Just what I need: Robo-bug: A rechargeable, remote-controllable cyborg cockroach: https://techxplore.com/news/2022-09-robo-bug-rechargeable-remote-controllable-cyborg-cockroach.html


07/09/2022: One step closer to growing humans in a test-tube – but won’t we be replaced by AI soon anyway: https://theconversation.com/worlds-first-synthetic-embryo-why-this-research-is-more-important-than-you-think-188217


07/09/2022: The limbo rock of universities: Just how low can ‘university education’ go? https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/09/melbourne-uni-course-certificate-in-how-to-run-aboriginal-welcome-ceremony.html


07/09/2022: The price of lithium has risen 289% this year alone. https://tradingeconomics.com/commodity/lithium It has gone up from US$2000 a tonne in 2002 to over US$75,000 a tonne in July 2022 mainly fueled just by its (relatively small) demand in consumer electronics. It is rapidly becoming a ‘precious metal: Silver is $800,000 per tonne, copper $33,999, Nickel $21,000, Lead $2200 whilst Iron is $109! Such rises occur because things are rare and their production cannot be ramped up. Estimates are that it would take over 9,000 years to mine enough lithium (supposing deposits existed) to transform the world’s hydrocarbon cars into electric cars - but as they would need to be replaced again approximately ten years later this 9,000 years of effort would have to be reproduced again in ten years. Yet some countries are mandating electric cars in less than ten years time. Does anyone see how this is either sane or possible? I think this is akin to the C17th Dutch ‘tulip bubble’ and is mainly a vehicle for the rich to get even richer at our expense.


06/09/2022: An AI won an art competition – what’s next? https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/09/03/an-ai-program-won-an-art-competition-does-it-matter-n494347


06/09/2022: Just an accident of history that the world was saved for democracy – in reality few people value freedom – as we still see today: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/check-out-this-polling-data-on-wwii/


In contrast we have at least some good news out of Chile: https://www.axios.com/2022/09/05/chile-constitution-referedum-results-reject-rights Hopefully Aussies will be sensible enough to reject ‘The Voice’ outright.


06/09/2022: I think this is good news but I am fearful of having the test – meanwhile I reel from the bad news this morning that one of my cousins has succumbed to this awful blight: https://scitechdaily.com/new-device-can-detect-alzheimers-17-years-in-advance/


06/09/2022: Just another of the contradictions of green policies: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/china_enslaving_uyghur_muslims_to_produce_the_solar_panels_we_import


06/09/2022: Something I did not know: Oil is a renewable resource. Many people do not realise that old oil and gas fields refill (or recharge) over time because much ‘fossil fuel’ is produced by abiotic natural processes within the earth – and will therefore never run out: https://www.educate-yourself.org/cn/oilfieldsrefilling10apr05.shtml & https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/Are-Oil-Wells-Recharging-Themselves.html


Nothing in the renewable world will work without hydrocarbons: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/09/05/abundant-abiotic-hydrocarbons-and-useful-idiots/


05/09/2022: Camp chairs have been a thing for a long time: http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/65004


05/09/2022: Green child Abuse. Thank you Neil: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QnmuAmOgRA


05/09/2022: The ultimate horror movie: A ubiquitous digital panopticon. The greatest tyranny of all time is already being installed. Be very afraid: https://richardsonpost.com/harryrichardson/28340/the-scariest-movie-i-have-ever-seen/


05/09/2022: This was a common occurrence in 1929 as the magic bubble burst and a sense of reality re-established itself. Today the world is sitting on the biggest economic bubble in recent history with most of the US dollars ever printed having been in just the last handful of years: https://www.wnd.com/2022/09/bed-bath-beyond-executive-jumps-death-nycs-jenga-building/


04/09/2022: Kim Beazley Snr. in 1970: ‘When I joined the Labor Party, it contained the cream of the working class. But as I look about me now, all I see are the dregs of the middle class. When will you middle-class perverts stop using the Labor Party as a cultural spittoon?’ For many years now this has been my view exactly. I remember a night at an ALP meeting in Bendigo in just such a gentleman’s house (ie the ‘cream of the working class’) when I began to separate myself from it too, perceiving how the new political class who had never worked with their hands (or minds) to make themselves (or others) better disdained his modest achievements, disdained his working for one’s and society’s betterment - and offered simply redistribution and Government control as the only worthwhile goal. Today’s ALP is way Left of where the Communist Party of Australia was as I grew up. The Greens are even more evilly Left of them, perhaps even left of Mao & Pol Pot in that they would see most of humanity gone. Meanwhile the Chinese Communist Party is way to the Right of the ALP – I fear even to the right of today’s Liberal Party! Where can a working class Conservative’s vote go? Perhaps the Liberal Democrats?

04/09/2022: Just imagine that: corals have been surviving worse things for countless millions of years: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/its-almost-like-corals-have-been-doing-this-for-millions-of-years-90-bleached-but-recovered-in-just-two-years/

04/09/2022: With a 92% efficacy against death from covid the ban of ivermectin ought to be viewed as a crime against humanity. Dan and like demagogues should be tried and hanged for this crime: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/09/people-need-held-accountable-rep-marjorie-taylor-greene-attacks-biden-regime-blocking-life-saving-treatment-ivermectin-covid-19/

04/09/2022: “If only Europe had an energy policy that wasn’t designed by teenage girls.” – and the rest of us! Why is it that (young) women are so susceptible to the doubtful allures of socialism. Women used to be more sensible, surely: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/russia-turns-off-the-tap-indefinitely/

03/09/2022: Edwardian Britain in colour – there is a series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtW1lqKeNjY

03/09/2022: If you can’t afford a boat, how about a giant pumpkin: https://www.agweb.com/news/crops/crop-production/squash-record-nebraska-pumpkin-grower-paddles-846-lb-pumpkin-missouri

03/09/2022: It’s not about Right and Left … It’s about Right and Wrong. No. I don’t think Greens should be allowed to kill eagles to ‘save the planet’. This is the My Lai solution: https://the-pipeline.org/killing-the-eagles-with-climate-change-malice-aforethought/

03/09/2022: If this is how bad things have to get to ‘save the world’ imagine what would happen if people realised it was all b-----t: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/09/energy-pain-the-richest-countries-in-the-world-may-not-eat-hot-meals-people-start-burning-their-bills-in-the-street/

02/09/2022: Best Tarp Seam Stitch: If you are joining ultralight waterproof material such as Membrane Silpoly as I am just now to make a new version of my 7 x 7 Poncho Multi Tarp this stitch seems to work better than anything I have ever come across before. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/09/02/best-tarp-seam-stitch/

02/09/2022: Malcolm Roberts takes aim at the cost of the green madness: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/26/aussie-senator-malcolm-roberts-slams-false-net-zero-inflation-claims/

02/09/2022: The world needs ditchdiggers, too: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/37958-A-Living-Wage.html#extended

02/09/2022: Longtermism – another interesting ‘philosophy’ which ‘reasons’ that someone else’s rights are more important than your own. You will be hearing more about this. Is this actually any different from communism: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/why-effective-altruists-fear-the-ai-apocalypse/ar-AA11hiIN


01/09/2022: You think it won’t happen here? Inflation over 20% in the UK. You voted for it – or at least about 30% of us did: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/uk-inflation-could-top-22-114231529.html & https://www.zerohedge.com/energy/how-name-god-shocked-europeans-post-astronomical-energy-bills-terrifying-winter-approaches

01/09/2022: First California mandates all cars be electric by 2035 then bans charging them because of a shortage of electricity. This used to be called ‘planning’: https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2022/08/31/california-warns-here-come-the-blackouts-dont-charge-your-car-n1625210

31/08/2022: Problems charging your EV. You will note (RACV figures) that the cheapest and simplest option will see your car plug in for nearly 12 hours drawing an additional 2.4-3.7 kW per hour, or with additional wiring you can charge at 7kW per hour for 6 hours or even 22kW per hour for 2 hours. All of you will see immediately that whichever way you cut it you will be using over 40 Kw more electricity per day to charge your EV. Our electricity bill tells me that the average household consumption (at present) is 10 kW (I person household and 16 kw (2 & etc) so charging an EV is an enormous increase in household electricity consumption (2-4 times at least!) that has to be produced basically from ‘thin air! Is this the greatest ‘pea and shell’ game you ever saw? An all of this electricity will have to be provided at night (when there is no solar)! https://www.mynrma.com.au/cars-and-driving/electric-vehicles/charging/ev-home-charge

31/08/2022: Posted this in 2017. Nothing about it has changed; indeed the situation has only got worse: Understand this: Government is force; it is not charity, avuncular, earth mother. Its role is not to succour and support. It is to control and defend. To think otherwise is perversion. This is our prime duty: ‘Support yourself’. Crying out to Government for ‘support’ is always babyish - just some ghastly selfish theft, an insisting that one’s fellow men and women ought support you because you won’t support yourself. Whence comes this ‘owing’, this ‘debt’? I can understand it in relation to care for the elderly (perhaps) as they (surely?) can be expected to have spent a lifetime working, maybe building up some ‘social credit’ (but might they not also have been expected to have put away a little for a rainy day – for just such a certain eventuality as old age)? But the great majority of those who clamour for ‘support’ just want to suck at the public teat because it is there and it is easy, while ‘work’ is a four letter word best not discussed. They are ‘owed’ nothing. A debt presumes a corresponding credit - which they have not built up. Indeed the ‘great’ dependent unwashed clamourers have it the wrong way around: having been raised on a lifetime diet of dependency, eg free education, health care, welfare, public housing, all sorts of publicly provided services and checks and balances, law and order, defence, museums, public transport…the list is almost endless…they have a debt to repay: eg by service to their society: by joining our defence forces, working for the dole, caring for the disabled, child minding, cleaning working folks’ homes, or etc…They have already been well paid for doing nought! Our dusky brethren who clamour for more are the least deserving in this line-up. ‘They’ have enjoyed better than two and a quarter centuries of dependency, of living off the public teat. Way past time they started paying off that debt, instead of shrieking for more!

31/08/2022: The death stats are interesting: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/death-stats-for-israel-are-not-good/  & https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/excess-deaths-rise-in-germany-too-peaking-in-the-same-months-medical-experiments-peak/

31/08/2022: Still enormous doubt over who’s winning or losing in the Ukraine: https://hotair.com/allahpundit/2022/08/29/russians-its-true-the-ukrainian-counteroffensive-in-kherson-has-begun-n493130

30/08/2022: Must Watch - Neil Oliver continues to call the elites out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HTA90R9FMoQ

30/08/2022: Gone are the days when you could just slip a new engine in with a morning’s work  and at a cost of a couple of day’s wages (as I did with my Subies for over thirty years). A new EV battery will cost you more than you normally pay for a new car: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/29000-to-replace-batteries-in-chevy-volt-thanks-obama/

30/08/2022: Progress. Instead of growing food they will make this stuff out of food. The people who used to eat the food will just have to adapt to going without. Dieting is good for you, right?  https://www.producer.com/news/renewable-diesel-poised-to-overtake-biodiesel/

30/08/2022: Is there another way? I doubt this woman’s views would go down well with the current push to create ever more crèches (al la 1984?): https://americanmind.org/features/rule-not-by-lies/lean-out/?utm_source=pocket_mylist

29/08/2022: 7 x 7 Poncho Multi Tarp: This is an addendum to the post Secrets of Shelter. I know some of you just didn't believe my claims about the 7' x 7' tarp so I dug out my old one for a bit of a photo shoot. This 7' x 7' tarp can be used as a ground or hammock shelter or as a poncho - and weighs just over 120 grams. Read more: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/08/28/7-x-7-poncho-multi-tarp/

29/08/2022: I know Paul Keating said the same many years ago but “Hard-Working Plumber Looking Forward To Paying For His Neighbor’s Gender Studies Degree”. Another Greens (commie) policy of course like freezing rents for two years. Duh: https://babylonbee.com/news/hard-working-plumber-looking-forward-to-paying-his-for-his-neighbors-gender-studies-degree

29/08/2022: “The future belongs to the people who show up, as they say. It seems doubtful that will be the greenies.” https://nypost.com/2022/08/26/a-new-devil-of-a-problem-for-planet-earth-vanishing-humans/

29/08/2022: Modern warfare has become more and more like a video game. I know it has always been horrific but some of this technology seems to give soldiers very little chance: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/videos-ground-war-ukraine-ukraine-attacks-thwarted/

28/08/2022: Remember ‘The Precautionary Principle’ which the Left trots out when they don’t want to do something (however sensible)? In one sense it has something going for it – we should not launch into a major change unless it can be proven that it will work! A ‘trial’ or a ‘prototype should be adopted first and its results assessed soberly. This was done before we adopted electrification (believe it or not). Cost Edison big time. But where is the trial, the proven prototype of Net Zero? Where is the island or even a country town which has already been set up and running that way for a decade or two – to prove the concept? ‘Nowhere,’ is the answer. Neither Flinders Island nor the Bahamas nor anywhere else. It just won’t work. That’s why. Every engineer in the world knows this. We are in for hard times indeed when the s—t hits the fan: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/25/you-can-be-sure-that-net-zero-carbon-emissions-from-electricity-generation-will-never-be-achieved-heres-why/

28/08/2022: ‘We the people’ – what a great leader of the free world Ronald Reagan was. We the people desperately need new conservative leaders like him, indeed a new conservatism before there is nothing left to conserve. Make the time to listen to this farewell speech, one of his finest: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjECSv8KFN4&t=763s

28/08/2022: If the recent floods did not topple Xi maybe the current drought will? Anyway, something must: https://spectator.com.au/2022/08/the-extreme-heatwave-wreaking-havoc-across-china/

28/08/2022: Tell me why all this ought not be utterly illegal: https://thepostmillennial.com/trans-parents-of-10-year-old-trans-model-plan-for-minors-gender-surgeries-at-age-16

27/08/2022: Secrets of Shelter: I deem that shelter is the most important primary need which you can supply yourself. You certainly must master the secrets of shelter.

No doubt all of you have heard about Maslow's 'hierarchy of needs'. You will (perhaps) note that amongst the four 'physiological' needs he lists is 'Homeostasis', ie being able to maintain a constant temperature, something you may take for granted being a mammal - but that only means you have not been put to the test! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/08/26/secrets-of-shelter/

27/08/2022: Why we have biosecurity – this is how a rabid fox behaves. Della and I both had our rabies shots before we went to Nepal (where it is endemic) – and you thought I was anti-vax: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFdIoCqtH1o

27/08/2022: Is there anything more you need to know about ‘The Voice’ than that Jacinta Price and Warren Mundine are against it and Malcolm Turnbull is in favour: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/woke_elites_racially_abuse_warren_mundine_for_opposing_the_voice

27/08/2022: Sound planning- maybe we should just wait 29,000 years?  To make enough wind turbines, solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles to replace fossil fuels for (just) 20 years, the world would need just under one billion tonnes of nickel.

In 2019, the world only mined 2.4 million tonnes of nickel – meaning it would take around 400 years to produce enough to go net zero at current rates of production.

The same situation faces copper miners.

To replace fossil fuels with renewables, the world would need over 4.5 billion tonnes of copper.

But again, the world only mined 24 million tonnes of copper in 2019 - meaning it would take 189 years to produce enough copper to go net zero at current rates of production.

The situation gets even more dire when it comes to lithium, cobalt and rare earth metals.

It would take 9920 years to produce enough lithium to go net zero at current rates of production.

It would take 1733 years to produce enough cobalt to go net zero – most of which would come from Chinese-owned, child mines in the Congo.

In fact, for germanium - a very rare but very important element required for renewable energy technologies – it would take over 29,000 years to produce enough germanium required to go net zero.

So, going "green" will require the biggest mining boom in history.” – and the Greens will be in favour of that, won’t they? https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/it_will_take_400_years_to_produce_enough_nickel_to_run_the_world_on_renewable_energy

26/08/2022: The Disappearance of Delicious Edible Apples. The fresh food situation has always been worse in country areas for some reason. Unless you have your own fresh produce what is available in the (few) supermarkets always seems to be sourced from the same wholesaler (I assume) and generally is about the standard of stock food. Often poor quality stock food at that. Apples, my favourite daily fruit, is a case in point. None of the supermarkets seems able to present the fresh apples in a chiller so that even if they had been top quality before, after a day or so of sitting on a warm shelf being picked over by customers they are just about inedible. I usually try to get around this by shopping for them in the mornings just after they have restocked the shelves and I try to pick from the bottom layer. In the past this usually got me a handful of edible apples – but no more. For the last several months the apples have been parlous. They appear to have been tumbled in a cement mixer. The extent of the bruising means that just about none of the apple is edible. Does anyone have a solution?

26/08/2022: Must get one of these for Della: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/the-perfect-gift-for-your-hot-conservative-wife/

26/08/2022: Here’s the result of California’s announcement it will ban real cars from 2035: https://babylonbee.com/news/texas-builds-600-miles-of-border-wall-using-u-haul-trucks-from-california

26/08/2022: Dire: Macron warns that the world as we knew it has ended. We certainly have a big fight on our hands to preserve our freedom and lifestyle: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/macron-warns-end-abundance-carefree-time/

25/08/2022: Wonnangatta Murders: So, police claim to have ‘further evidence’ against Lynn but neither he, his lawyer Dermot Dan (whom I know) nor the public knows what it is after nearly a year since he was arrested which frankly is not good enough. The alleged ‘firearms evidence’ is tantalising. Apparently we will have to wait until January to learn more. Terrible. Meanwhile a presumed innocent man (like Pell) is in gaol. I strongly suspect that they still don’t have enough to actually charge this bloke (who may indeed be the culprit, I admit). The fact that they have been unwilling to provide his barrister with the surveillance material or the ballistics’ evidence (after nearly twelve months – evidence which they ought to have had before they arrested him), indicates to me that there is nothing there. I suspect the ballistics will come down to some spent shells near the campsite (where we know Lynn camped as he came forward to admit that years ago) which came from his gun. Most hunters have left a spent shell or two lying around having used the opportunity of being up the bush by themselves to sight in their firearm. I suspect this is the ‘explanation’ the magistrate hints at. As I have said before, Lynn clearly did not admit anything about a crime to police. All police have is some bodies found along/near a route Lynn (and hundreds of others) might have used – but no forensics. They still clearly do not have the trailer, the drone or the phones. I suspect they will eventually be letting this guy go. His wife seems to believe him innocent at any rate which I think is quite telling. I feel she would have abandoned him if he had committed such a vile crime (unless she was involved – she has not been charged with anything): https://www.9news.com.au/national/greg-lynn-man-accused-of-killing-two-victorian-campers-back-in-court/73da5614-359a-40b2-b111-ea196b85df45

25/08/2022: 1971 was the crucial year when everything started to go wrong. Until then I could buy quite a nice house in Sydney or Newcastle (where I lived) for less than annual take-home pay of a labourer (and at an under 4% mortgage rate with zero inflation or unemployment) and simply didn’t ‘need’ to do so. Also up to then we made everything we needed right here in Australia. We were a highly skilled country and invested wisely in those skills eg through the apprenticeship system. Since then we have thrown away all our skills, manufacturing and independence and invested hugely in so-called education so that now the ‘average’ person has a university degree whose meaning is so little they might as well print them on the back of corn flakes packets. Both of us became teachers when we were selected from less than the top 1% of scholars and practiced our craft for many years, so we really do know that the ‘average’ person did not master the analytical and reasoning skills which were necessary for university education in the 1960s and before. But back to the money supply issue. I can remember being astonished (dining with a couple of teaching colleagues in 1971) that they were edging each other on about how much they were paying for their ‘new’ houses. I recall stopping them and saying something like, surely you meant to say how little you have paid for them? If you and everyone else gets into a bidding competition such as you seem to be so proud of, after a while you will all beggar each other and everyone else. I have been proven correct long since. We must have a massive deflation (yes going back to the ‘gold standard for example) which will ‘crash’ the economy I know and force people back into real work instead of the pretend meeting/agenda driven and warm inner glow nonsense that passes for work nowadays. I can’t buy a decent apple (or most quality foodstuffs) because (apparently) there is no-one to pick the fruit/veggies even though we have literally millions on unemployment or some other absurd ‘benefit’ (disability, single parent etc or public ‘service’ job - what a sick joke that is). We may begin to starve even here in Australia because of this (and various absurd ‘green dream and other socialist experiments). Certainly we will be shivering in the dark next winter. It is quite clear to me that even if we largely escape starvation (because we began with 75% pf our produce exported) millions (nay, billions) will not be so lucky. We are witnessing the greens’ depopulation plan in action. They have been telling us since around 1971 – ‘Club of Rome’ etc) – that we need to drastically reduce the world population ‘for the good of the planet’ whatever that is supposed to mean. The vile excuses for evil folks come up with! Before they came up with such garbage it was an accepted fact that the most important thing in the universe was the individual human soul, but folks who make pyramids of human skulls by the multiple millions as the Left are wont to do care, nothing about such niceties. Real science, agriculture and capitalism have enabled the world to feed and provide well for all the folks on earth and any reasonable increase thereof, but 2023 is going to see a reduction in that population because there is not ‘enough’ - though there will still be plenty for the ‘elites’, mark my words: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/weve-been-leading-up-to-this-corruption-crisis-since-1971/

24/08/2022: Japan ‘strikes the right balance’: https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/japan-wants-young-adults-drink-more-save-alcohol-industry

24/08/2022: Do you still remember when churches never burned down – or had ‘faulty wiring’ problems? I certainly do. Here in Melbourne we have many churches going up every year with this problem too. It needs looking at: https://pjmedia.com/columns/raymond-ibrahim/2022/08/21/faulty-wiring-burns-more-churches-kills-41-more-christians-n1622806

24/08/2022: A weird world our WEF masters want us to live in. I’m glad I won’t be around to see it: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/world-economic-forum-recommends-humans-become-cyborgs-implant-brain-chips-solid-rational-reasons-children-microchipped/

24/08/2022: A big ‘Hurrah’ to Ron De Santis, “Never ever give up. We must fight the Woke in our schools, fight the Woke in our businesses. We must fight the Woke in government agencies. We can never ever surrender to government agencies.” https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/ron-de-santis-fires-a-rocket-at-corporate-woke-media/

23/08/2022:  Is this a life-saver or not? Perfect and peelable hard-boiled eggs every time: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/37921-Perfect-and-peelable-hard-boiled-eggs.html

23/08/2022:  Yarmuk: the day Islam swallowed the West. Read it and weep: https://pjmedia.com/columns/raymond-ibrahim/2022/08/20/today-in-history-islam-swallows-up-the-western-world-after-the-battle-of-yarmuk-n1622689



23/08/2022:  About that ecar…Just a for example, “Car manufacturers admit that there is only enough lithium for 14 million ecars while the World Economic Forum says the world needs 5 billion to get to Net Zero.”: https://spectator.com.au/2022/08/lithium-lies/

23/08/2022:  “I’ve already seen the best of Australia.” It’s sad when most of your friends are saying this too. Used to be (for ~200+ years each generation proudly watched (and worked to make) things get better, but no longer: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-reason-is-dead-in-climate-debate/news-story/d81d76cfafb7d097f7e1b0bfbf8487e7

22/08/2022: When ‘unknown cause of death’ becomes the leading cause of death (up sevenfold): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/comedy-break-jp-sears/

22/08/2022: Australia too has forgotten how to make stuff. When the mining ‘golden goose’ is finally killed by the Left nothing will remain: “There’s a high-minded and foolhardy theory that posits: in the absence of manual labor, people will be free to pursue “better” work. But how likely is it that we all have the talent or desire to become watercolor painters, novelists, and master tapestry-weavers? It’s a myth that as machines take over people’s jobs or they’re done by people in other countries, Americans will elevate themselves to something “nobler” and more worthwhile.” https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/america-is-forgetting-how-to-make-stuff/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WORL%20%2020220820%20%20AL&utm_content=WORL%20%2020220820%20%20AL+CID_dcabdeb45c93008948dd57aa78d1ea4b&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=America%20is%20forgetting%20how%20to%20make%20stuff

22/08/2022: Is James Webb going to kill the Big Bang? I have been reading a lot about this lately, for example that folks claim to have already identified galaxies which are (far) older than the universe or that others they are seeing are themselves too old to have begun after the universe did. A fundamental change in physics/cosmology may be about to begin: https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/08/17/astronomers-looking-at-webb-what-if-the-big-bang-didnt-happen-n490341

22/08/2022: Are young women just more gullible, is PC just for girls, or do they yearn to be ‘victims’: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/political-correctness-is-for-girls-the-bubble-of-woke-has-a-grip-on-young-women/

In a similar vein: https://babylonbee.com/news/church-puzzled-by-low-attendance-at-its-sit-around-and-talk-about-your-feelings-mens-conference

21/08/2022: Poem for today. (We have had a grandchildren’s sleepover at our house).

The Childrens' Hour

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)


Between the dark and the daylight,

When the night is beginning to lower,

Comes a pause in the day's occupations,

That is known as the Children's Hour.


I hear in the chamber above me

The patter of little feet,

The sound of a door that is opened,

And voices soft and sweet.


From my study I see in the lamplight,

Descending the broad hall stair,

Grave Alice, and laughing Allegra,

And Edith with golden hair.


A whisper, and then a silence:

Yet I know by their merry eyes

They are plotting and planning together

To take me by surprise.


A sudden rush from the stairway,

A sudden raid from the hall!

By three doors left unguarded

They enter my castle wall!


They climb up into my turret

O'er the arms and back of my chair;

If I try to escape, they surround me;

They seem to be everywhere.


They almost devour me with kisses,

Their arms about me entwine,

Till I think of the Bishop of Bingen

In his Mouse-Tower on the Rhine!


Do you think, O blue-eyed banditti,

Because you have scaled the wall,

Such an old mustache as I am

Is not a match for you all!


I have you fast in my fortress,

And will not let you depart,

But put you down into the dungeon

In the round-tower of my heart.


And there will I keep you forever,

Yes, forever and a day,

Till the walls shall crumble to ruin,

And moulder in dust away!

21/08/2022: Yes, we can take our power back: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/19-us-states-fight-back-against-blackrock-the-political-climate-police-disguised-as-a-monster-investment-fund/

NB: Blackrock is spending big on useless batteries in Oz: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/like-a-banker-belt-n-road-plan-blackrock-give-australia-batteries-we-dont-need-with-esg-strings-attached/

21/08/2022: Wise words from Prof  Ian Plimer (as usual) about where all the methane comes from but also,  Climate change cannot be understood using computer models that attempt to predict the future with incomplete information and invalid assumptions. The past is the key to the present and destruction of history, archaeology, and geology in the climate wars can only lead to hardship.” https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/rain-rain-go-away/ NB Biden’s new Inflation Reduction Act (amongst a litany of other evils) gives the EPA the ability to tax methane at $900 per tonne starting 2024

21/08/2022: Let’s just vote to continue to be one nation, not divide Australia by ‘race’: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/08/a-nation-for-a-continent-and-a-continent-for-a-nation/

20/08/2022: "I've had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened." Mark Twain

20/08/2022: Back in the 1950s Argentina was the richest country in the world (followed by Australia). Look where socialism has taken them. Our turn next? https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/argentina-raises-interest-rates-to-70/

20/08/2022: A major fallacy of the EV thing is thinking electricity is both ‘free’ and ‘clean’. Everything has a cost (not least the quadruple cost of buying an EV – maybe double that when you consider their likely lifetime) but the huge environmental (and human lives) cost of making and then recycling them (well there is no plan actually) almost certainly means that they would not be ‘carbon neutral’ or ‘free’ even if they gave them away and electricity cost nothing. But it currently costs approx 50 Euros to charge a standard 100kw EV battery (which will soon rise by 320%) - and that will get you about 200 km! It gets worse after that! https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/18/charging-electric-cars-like-spilling-liters-of-petrolhidden-losses-during-charging-are-huge/

20/08/2022: Our ABC, the porn channel. Shut them down: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/08/their-abc-outdoing-themselves-with-this-voyeuristic-rot.html  

19/08/2022: Laser spacecraft propulsion is coming. “On the eventual upper end, a full scale system (50-100 GW) will propel a wafer-scale spacecraft with a meter class reflector (laser sail) to about c/4 in a few minutes of laser illumination allowing hundreds of launches per day or 100,000 missions per year. Such a system would reach the distance to Mars (1 AU) in 30 minutes, pass Voyager I in less than 3 days, pass 1,000 AU in 12 days, and reach Alpha Centauri in about 20 years.” https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2022/08/technology-to-make-interstellar-missions-possible-and-affordable.html

19/08/2022: How can three declining trend periods add up to an increasing trend? Maths is weird:  https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/17/fun-with-trends/    

19/08/2022: Yes, the Libs have to dump Guy and damned soon, but have they got a true conservative they can put in his place? Please come back Jeff Kennett, Bernie Finn: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/matthew-guy-is-literally-history/

19/08/2022: Seems to me that if India (China etc) need to double or quadruple our coal deliveries to them over the next decade we just might not have much say in it: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/business-robbery-etc-99/  

18/08/2022: The best female swimmer in the world: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sgjc29QCGo 

18/08/2022: Maybe there are no higher or lower creatures: https://www.sapiens.org/biology/evolution-march-of-progress/  

18/08/2022: The new Concorde – imagine being able to fly return to London in under 24 hours: https://boomsupersonic.com/  

18/08/2022: So, why would the presence of foot and mouth disease in Indonesia require more extraordinary travel arrangements than already exist with this whole host of countries?

17/08/2022: Good News – hearing aids may soon get to be ‘self-fitting’ and much cheaper: https://www.theverge.com/2022/8/16/23307974/hearing-aids-over-counter-fda-apple-bose

17/08/2022: Frankly I am shocked that ‘the average person tells four lies a day’. I was always taught never to lie: https://www.studyfinds.org/average-person-tells-four-lies-daily/

17/08/2022: Interesting Rasmussen Poll: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/interesting-poll-from-rasmussen/ Here’s Tucker’s take: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=74lDvZ1IPj4 If the FBI (etc) really believed Trump still had the nuclear codes they would hardly have waited 18 months to act.

17/08/2022: Here is a very big whoopsie about human produced CO2 (which I admit I hadn’t spotted. Humans simply cannot have ‘caused’ the increase in CO2 which (if it ) has occurred because human CO2 is only 5% of all sources of CO2 (and clearly ‘stays’ in the atmosphere for exactly the same amount of time as ‘natural’ CO2) so it cannot possible add up to 32% as the IPCC (greens etc) claim: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/16/the-impact-of-human-co2-on-atmospheric-co2-summary/

Also note: Arctic Sea Ice Extent Reaches 12-Year Mid-August High: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/13/doomsday-climate-predictions-meltdown-arctic-sea-ice-extent-reaches-12-year-mid-august-high/

16/08/2022: Only the modeled climate responds. Why won’t the real climate play along and boil us like frogs: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2022/08/a-clear-case-of-hot-hotter-hoodwinked/

16/08/2022: With her popularity now at 30% hopefully we will soon see the back of ‘the wicked witch of the West’ aka Jacinda Ardern. You would hope to see the same thing happening to all the vile socialists we have running things over here too…if only so many of the ‘conservatives’ weren’t trying to beat them at their own game: https://www.rebelnews.com/jacinda_ardern_tipped_to_be_dumped_as_pm

16/08/2022: Nuclear fusion achieved in the lab at Lawrence Livermore: https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/08/13/breakthrough-ignition-confirmed-at-california-fusion-reactor-n489445

16/08/2022: We spent more money on education, remember? Maybe not good value for money. These people vote too: https://moonbattery.com/education-system-produces-staggering-ignorance/

15/08/2022: The escalating prices of (especially) lithium and cobalt make EVs much more expensive than conventional cars. The petrol F-150 for example costs US$33K today but its EV version will be at least $20K more expensive. And you have to accept that a couple of three poor people somewhere have died in order to produce it! https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/cars/question-of-the-day/qotd-why-arent-evs-becoming-more-affordable-44496610

Good one: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/08/wisdom-of-the-ages.html

15/08/2022: First they claimed that they were after menus and other silly things but now they have gone even sillier and claim Trump had the nuclear war codes still in his pockets: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/08/code-red-for-the-deep-state.php

15/08/2022: In the UK theft has becomes effectively decriminalised with the clear-up rate rapidly approaching zero. I suspect the same thing has been happening here though we have experienced a veritable explosion of policing for other matters (ie social control – and wokeness). Many policemen would now like to work from home. I’m sure that would help a lot. If you expected your personal safety to improve after abolishing the death penalty and the right to self-protection eg the ownership of firearms, think again. Like so many things, it will get worse before it gets better: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/how-did-theft-become-effectively-decriminalised-in-britain/ 

15/08/2022: Vegetarianism is not so great after all (particularly if you are a woman): https://www.theguardian.com/science/2022/aug/11/vegetarian-women-fracture-hips-study-bone-healthv & https://nypost.com/2022/08/13/plant-based-diet-is-not-so-virtuous-or-healthy-says-new-book/?utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter

14/08/2022: Short season crops, ie things which produce a harvest in as little time as possible are something you should be giving serious thought to. You need to be collecting seeds from such plants (not F1 hybrids from which no useful seeds can be collected). Many varieties of all the common vegetables were long ago developed for use in colder climes or to produce multiple crops in warmer ones. ‘Diggers’ is a good source. The mandated increases in the cost of energy (and the really desperate coming shortage if urea) will mean that food will become scarce or very expensive. We are building two greenhouses which will give us an abundance of ‘summer’ crops over winter and really heat dependent crops (eg melons) over summer here in Southern Vic where it is difficult to grow such things.Our vegie garden is also completely planted out already and will be expanded – as will our orchards. I notice greenhouses and seeds are already in short supply. When the urea finally dries up and the trucks stop bringing the produce down from the North things will get tough. Time to get out into the back yard with a hoe.

You can get your plants started early with a $10 propagator next to a window. Here you see several varieties of tomato, eggplant and capiscum already up. They will be in the greenhouse in a bit over a week. Some will produce crops by the end of September!

14/08/2022: The Ukrainians may be taking awful losses but they are still fighting back it seems: https://www.politico.eu/article/ukraine-long-anticipate-southern-counteroffensive-begin-bang-crimea/

14/08/2022: History almost always beats ‘science’, but let’s hope that the worst times are behind us because we are now better able to adapt. It was much warmer than today in the not-s0-distant past. They used to grow wine in Scotland before the Little Ice Age began (only 600 years ago). Today wine cannot be grown anywhere in the UK: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/the-1540-megadrought-in-europe-rhine-ran-dry-fires-burned-and-no-one-blamed-coal-or-beef-steak/

14/08/2022: After 33 years the fatwa has finally come for Salman Rushdie for the terrible sin of pointing out that the ‘perfect book’ has some truly evil passages in it and that the ‘perfect man’ was anything but – ie a mass murderer and child rapist. I applaud Macron’s statement of support, “For 33 years, Salman Rushdie has embodied freedom and the fight against obscurantism. He has just been the victim of a cowardly attack by the forces of hatred and barbarism. His fight is our fight; it is universal. Now more than ever, we stand by his side.”: https://www.news.com.au/world/north-america/author-salman-rushdie-stabbed/news-story/6821ed8e0b9bcf40bba3ad8c3e1eff51

13/08/2022: South Coast Track New Zealand: New Zealand’s South Coast Track is a magical journey through one of the world’s completely untouched forests where no axe has ever fallen or anyone ever lived. I/we have been there four times and plan to go again, maybe in late spring this year if my knee is good enough by then, otherwise next autumn. It is just great. Next time we plan to stay longer at the truly astonishing Westies Hut, have an extensive look at Price’s Harbour and Big River with a view to assessing how difficult it might be for us (as over 70s) at a future time to even venture out to remote Cromarty.

We will definitely take side trips to Long Point (Lighthouse) Hut  and the Slaughter Burn Hut on the way to/from the Waitutu River. If the Grant Burn Hut is still available we will also spend a night there between the Waitutu and Westies. We will also probably walk as much as we can along the beach between the Waitutu and Westies (certainly from the Grant Burn to the Aan River as we did last time) because you can and because it makes a nice change. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/08/13/south-coast-track-new-zealand/

13/08/2022: The temperature data – indeed the whole idea behind it – is faked. It is just not possible to establish an ‘average’ temperature. Walk around your own back yard with a thermometer and you will easily find areas where the temperature varies by 5-10C on any given day then tell me how ‘scientists’ can establish the average temperature of the earth within a hundredth of a degree and determine how much it is rising or falling. What we all know is that the temperature around us varies during the course of any single day by at least 20C – and sometimes by over 40C, yet everything (magically) survives: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/09/numbers-tricky-tricky-numbers-part-2/

13/08/2022: “We just don’t need the vast majority of the population.” This is the way the global elites actually think, deeming themselves enormously more important (for having meetings) than the folks who grow and deliver our food, care for the elderly or clean toilets etc. Now with their war on farming, energy etc they plan to get rid of that vast mass of unnecessary people who will (if they succeed) all be gone in one season – after which they will virtuously sigh, ‘It was not our fault’, as Nazis always have: https://www.breitbart.com/economy/2022/08/10/wef-adviser-yuval-harari-we-just-dont-need-the-vast-majority-of-the-population-in-todays-world/

Stalin called the farmers ‘the enemies of the people’. By expropriating them, the state took control of food production. 7 million starved to death. A century later, the WEF is opening the ‘war on farmers’. https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2022-8-6-net-zero-is-not-just-for-carbon-emissions-now-its-nitrogen

13/08/2022: This snake Kean (and Matthew Guy et al) are what is wrong with the Liberal Party. A conservative Party has to represent what ordinary Australians think and want: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/green_matt_kean_to_guide_nsw_liberals_to_electoral_disaster

It’s not just a leadership change that’s needed though, but a complete change of direction. As its slogan a re-awakened Liberal Party ought to adopt Tony’s old slogan, ‘Climate Change is Crap’: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/matthew-guy-and-a-history-of-lastminute-leadership-switches/news-story/a2ea8d3ee3542f9c4d3df18c9db992cc

12/08/2022: It would be good if we spent more time talking about important matters as eminent physicist Sir Roger Penrose does here: https://www.whyarewehere.tv/people/roger-penrose/

12/08/2022: The Greens are no different from this today. Nazis. They have all sorts of policies which would starve (at least) half the world’s people to death while at the same time advocating all sorts of animal libber and national parks nonsense. "At the edge of a forest, German soldiers point their guns at rows of naked people who follow the Jewish religion. Among them are young mothers clutching their babies. The shots echo through the woods and the dead bodies fall into the ground. Down the road, while this is happening, their German army comrades are busy establishing nature walks and bird sanctuaries and planting trees. The Nazis conducted horrific experiments on children (I have seen footage so upsetting it can’t be shown on TV) but at the same time they banned medical experiments on animals. The same Nazi monsters who committed crimes of unimaginable barbarity also advocated vegetarianism, organic agriculture, forest preservation and homeopathic healthcare. How can we possibly explain this? What was the connection between the inhuman brutality of the Nazis and their gushing idealization of ‘Nature’?" http://www.martindurkin.com/blogs/nazi-greens-inconvenient-history   

12/08/2022: The Great Barrier Reef is nearly as big as Victoria ie it is pretty hard to miss, yet it did not exist (where it is now) during the last Ice Age – just a little while ago, and will not during the next, not so far away now either. The sea level was over 50 metres lower then. Corals exist in shallower water than that. So when folks tell you ‘the science is settled’ re some political decision they want make ie to control your behaviour in some way eg whether you can go for a drive in the country, you should be very skeptical indeed. Scepticism used not to be thought a very bad thing not so long ago but rather a default mental state which helped one to navigate to the truths of the world: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/healthy-reef-defies-dubious-science/

11/08/2022: Tony Abbott could well have said, ‘Apres Moi le deluge’: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/labors-climate-bill-is-an-economic-precipice/

11/08/2022: Just imagine the urban mega fires we will have as EVs spread – and the toxic pollution downwind (far worse than any CO2): https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/100-evs-mysteriously-destroyed-in-fire-in-india/

11/08/2022: Time to go back to your old stainless steel frypan: https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/forever-chemicals-linked-to-liver-cancer-in-first-human-study/


11/08/2022: Good Lord – maybe Trudeau is Castro’s son. He certainly behaves like it anyway. In similar news Albo admits he is a bastard (Who knew?) but who is his real father? A prize will be offered: https://medium.com/@leibowitt/of-course-fidel-castro-is-justin-trudeaus-dad-nobody-has-debunked-anything-4db6fc8a9042

10/08/2022: A fine birthday present from Bunnings. We went in to Midvalley to have a birthday lunch and thought to buy some seedlings for the vegie garden from Bunnings while we were there. As well we scored this excellent load of 4” x 2” x 8’ steel quite free - probably over $500 worth. Well on the way to our next shed right there:

10/08/2022: Way back in 2013 I wrote this. The situation has become worse since then. The Green aim to reduce the world population by half or three-quarters is moving swiftly into place spearheaded by the attack on Nitrogen and farming: Green Deaths per annum amount to millions worldwide: Malaria (where the unnecessary & illegitimate ban on DDT cost over a million lives pa for thirty+ years), support for biofuels (200,000+ pa from starvation as we burn food rather than allow the poor to eat it), opposition to food irradiation (100s of 1000s pa from food poisoning pa), opposition to nuclear power (deaths from radon, Carbon 14, coal mining etc), opposition to GM crops, diversion of money (from eg health, shelter, food) to global warming ‘mitigation’, opposition to Western farming methods (& especially in the Third World = mass starvation), support for national parks before people…These folk are simply the most evil bastards ever (making Stalin, Hitler, Mao etc look like patsies). And it is not just people whom the greens murder in their millions. Animals and plants are destroyed by their policies in their billions: millions of hectares have been destroyed to make way for palm oil plantations and generally to grow ‘Biofuels’. Other millions of hectares are routinely destroyed by wildfires because of their insistence on a completely ‘hands off’ approach to forest management. At the same time vast numbers of creatures are destroyed by introduced vermin such as foxes, cats, pigs which they will not allow to be shot. Add millions of wildlife deaths pa from windfarms and from paving over land with solar collectors & etc… Astonishing that 8% of voters say they will still vote for their policies. How can so many folk fail to be able to distinguish between good and evil?

10/08/2022: Why we should make Ivermectin available to all. This article is by a Professor of Pathology from my old University who really knows his stuff. Currently nearly 100 people a day are dying in Australia from covid (mostly unnecessarily): https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/public-health/2022/08/the-suppression-of-useful-covid-19-treatments/

10/08/2022: The US coup continues – it has become a banana republic. They clearly plan to steal the November mid-term election too (If they can – maybe Kari Lake proves they can’t) : https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/what-do-you-do-when-you-cant-win-elections-legally-raid-political-opponents-homes/ & https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/america/2022/08/donald-trump-official-enemy-of-the-state/

10/08/2022: Alexandra Marshall’s article on ‘immortal’ nuclear energy is a ‘must-read’. I am not sure how we will implement it in Australia but constitutional change ie abolishing the Senate has to be at the head of the agenda: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/08/nuclear-the-age-of-immortal-energy/

09/08/2022: A bad week for female vocalists. Olivia gone now too. I used to run into her for coffee in the student union lots at Newcastle Uni back in the 1960s – this was before she was famous, but just one of the senior staff’s daughters. Her father Bryn Newton-John shared my love of motorbikes. She was just the same age as me. Makes me think about ‘time’s winged chariot’ I can tell you.

09/08/2022: Your Vitamin D levels are crucial: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/handy-tip-vitamin-d-deficiency-causes-chronic-inflammation-which-means-aging-dementia-bad-stuff/

09/08/2022: This is ridiculous and obscene racist cant. How much of ‘our’ country do we need to give away to just one group: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/08/how-to-give-away-half-a-continent/

09/08/2022: Much as the CCP wants to frame Taiwan as a rebellious ‘province’ the reality is that it has never really been part of China: https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/taiwans-inconvenient-history/?utm_source=blog-landing&utm_medium=desktop&utm_campaign=continue-reading

09/08/2022: Remember how Tony Abbott won the largest majority in Australia’s history with his promise to scrap the Mining Tax. Next election Peter Dutton will be able to do the same with a promise to scrap the Left’s Climate legislation. Already this week (since the climate Bill was passed $12 billion dollars worth of coal projects in Qld have been cancelled (including one power station). This is just the beginning of an awful national decline and a flight of capital elsewhere: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/08/08/the-43-percent-law-spells-the-end-of-new-fossil-fuel-developments/ 

08/08/2022: The Seekers – the beginning. I just can’t help but post yet another tribute to Judith and her amazing band mates. I know there will not be any Parliamentary Condolence Debate as with Archie Roach. Have we lost what it is to be quintessentially Australian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZf41UudAbI&t=184s

08/08/2022: If Ukraine really is losing 1,000 soldiers a day then the war is truly lost and Putin has won: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/new-batches-ukrainian-troops-quit-fight-russia-grinds/

08/08/2022: Civil disobedience against the ‘Green Blob’ begins in the UK. The People’s push-back against ‘the Great reset’ has begun. Bring it on: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/dont-pay-uk-protest-thousands-of-consumers-offer-to-not-pay-their-obscene-energy-bills/

Meanwhile, the Greens here want us to be conquered by communist China. You would have had to be mad to vote for these folks: https://www.theepochtimes.com/australian-greens-party-challenges-ruling-labor-party-amidst-national-security-power-play_4642423.html

08/08/2022: The earth’s thermostat is just wonderful. Just as the human body temperature does not get warmer as the temperature rises, so too the earth sheds heat in the tropics as the temperature rises keeping the average world temperature within a very narrow .5C range. Amazing. Thanks Willis: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/07/putting-it-into-reverse/

07/08/2022: Farewell Judith Durham 1943-2022. What a voice. Like most of my generation this is how I will always remember her: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mpd_9l9w4RI 

07/08/2022: Curiosity – what a great little rover: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/05/ten-years-of-curiosity-on-mars/

07/08/2022: Just like the bee apocalypse, the monarch butterfly apocalypse that wasn’t: https://www.wired.com/story/is-there-good-news-for-monarch-butterflies-scientists-disagree/

07/08/2022: The Greens – turning the West into the Third World one step at a time: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/08/06/rationing-is-back-and-britains-authoritarian-greens-are-delighted/

06/08/2022: Time for some good news: https://nypost.com/2022/08/03/cognitive-decline-can-be-avoided-with-simple-everyday-exercises-new-study-suggests/?utm_medium=SocialFlow&utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow

06/08/2022: On the origin of TANSTAAFL: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2016/08/27/free-lunch/

06/08/2022: Snowy 2.0 (like all the batteries) will be a dismal failure - and now at $22 billion for just 2000 megawatts (Think Hazelwood)! If they really want to replace coal (or petrol) the will have to go nuclear. That is all: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/08/03/how-helpful-is-snowy2-0/

06/08/2022: Just maybe communism is on the way out in China: https://www.theepochtimes.com/400-million-cut-their-ties-the-ccp-in-defiance-of-communist-control_4641067.html

05/08/2022: One tough old gal. Nice shooting – this is the way to deal with crooks: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/shoot-arm-off-robbers-pick-wrong-socal-liquor-store-rob-video/

05/08/2022: I suspect that if fake meat to save the planet failed because no-one wanted to buy it, fake cars (EVs) will fail too for the same reason: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/planet-saving-fake-meat-burger-meets-hitch/

05/08/2022: I like Viv’s idea of a Repeal Party. Australia is so awash with laws and regulations soon we will have nothing else to export: https://spectator.com.au/2022/08/labor-greens-marriage-produces-forty-new-bills/

05/08/2022: The Great Barrier Reef has doubled or tripled the amount of coral. I suppose all that calcium carbonate had to go somewhere. Now, can we count this sequestration of carbon – how many millions of tonnes against our ‘net zero’ targets? That, the vast increase in (savannah) woodlands and huge increases in soil carbon (and other eg marine) life more than meet our net zero targets already – let alone by 2050. See posts 20/07/2022 & 25/05/2022. We do not need to suffer more: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/climate-change-causes-record-coral-cover-what-if-we-get-too-many-reefs/

04/08/2022: Personally I love apples, but here’s how they got such a bad press: https://www.ancient-origins.net/myths-legends-europe/forbidden-fruit-0017084

04/08/2022: Jacinta Price is a gem. Hers is the only type of ‘Voice’ needed: https://www.theepochtimes.com/virtue-signaling-wont-solve-problems-faced-by-indigenous-community-nt-senator_4633153.html

04/08/2022: Why only once a year? Breakfast has a big effect on my gender. No wait a minute. I meant my waistline: https://www.zerohedge.com/political/germans-will-be-able-legally-change-their-gender-once-year

04/08/2022: Albanese’s 43% means everything – in case you didn’t know, and/or you voted for it? So it it not ‘just’ electricity but cars, houses, farming – everything. I can just bet too that none of the ‘savings’ Della and I have already made will be counted. We will have to ‘enjoy’ new suffering. The fact that we were forced to give up half of one (long cleared) farm to trees back in 2003 will not count. Or that we have not bought a new car since 1990 (the begin date of all this, rememeber?) but keep repairing 1990s cars which actually use less fuel per kilometer (and did not have to be made and made again since then) will not count. The hundreds and hundreds of trees (usually around 100 a year) we have already planted on our remaining 30 acres (or on other farms) will not count. The fact that we have doubled over and over the productivity of our land and our sheep will not count. We will have to start over. We (and everyone else) will be trying our best to cheat on these absurd targets just so we can survive. The Greens are forcing lunacy on all of us. We must rebel against this. This is the future that the World Economic Forum wants for you – it makes Brave New World look like freedom: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/08/update-saudi-prince-offers-glimpse-dazzling-500-billion-smart-city-future-will-nothing-happy/

03/08/2022: 78 Years since the Polish Uprising – just one more good reason why you should not give up your guns: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/long-live-the-warsaw-uprising/

03/08/2022: When vast unexplained geophysical happenings like this can occur we should hardly worry about what the human effect on the climate might be: https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/earth-just-started-spinning-faster-ever-and-scientists-dont-know-why

03/08/2022: This looks so promising: https://scitechdaily.com/at-last-an-effective-new-treatment-for-chronic-back-pain/

03/08/2022: Nancy Pelosi – Wow! People are never “wholly bad nor good’ (Milk Wood): https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/08/an-important-and-well-written-opinion-piece-under-nancy-pelosis-name-on-visit-to-taiwan.html

02/08/2022: A Government which robs Peter to pay Paul, can always depend on the support of Paul! Will Rogers (1879 - 1935).

02/08/2022: I suspect David Archibald is right: large ships and tanks are archaic: https://spectator.com.au/2022/07/we-will-win-chinas-war/

02/08/2022: More links between ancient India and Greece. Fascinating: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/07-08/krishnas-heel-and-trojan-elephants/

02/08/2022: Coal production just keeps going up: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/08/might-be-more-coal-burned-in-2022-than-any-other-time-in-human-existence/

Meanwhile oil just refuses to run out – wherever we are allowed to poke a hole in the ground ‘black gold’ pops up: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/27/guyana-suriname-oil-bonanza-to-boost-economies-help-meet-global-demand/

01/08/2022: The Terminator is coming to a battlefield near you: https://www.zerohedge.com/military/ukraine-unveils-mini-terminator-ground-robot-equipped-machine-gun

01/08/2022: Bring it on - Soon we will be able to buy these things to provide carbon-free power to a few thousand homes safely: https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/07/us-regulators-will-certify-first-small-nuclear-reactor-design/

01/08/2022: The ‘great’ reset: Turning off the heat. Germany begins to shut down. No beer next: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/german-cities-start-to-turn-off-public-hot-water-lights-fountains-and-may-cancel-beer-too/

01/08/2022: People are daily bombarded with the advantages of socialism, but that is all bunk. The free market is in reality the great liberator. Take these words of wisdom from its outstanding proponent Milton Friedman, “The most important single central fact about a free market is that no exchange takes place unless both parties benefit…Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own…Nobody uses somebody else’s resources as carefully as he uses his own. So if you want efficiency and effectiveness, if you want knowledge to be properly utilized, you have to do it through the means of private property” https://www.ocregister.com/2022/07/31/remembering-the-great-economist-and-champion-of-liberty-milton-friedman/

31/07/2022: NASA’s beautiful Jupiter imagery: https://www.cnet.com/science/space/nasa-spacecraft-images-watercolor-vortices-near-jupiters-north-pole/

31/07/2022: James Lovelock (father of Gaia) came to be a supporter of nuclear power: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/why-are-we-so-afraid-of-nuclear-power-2021/ 

31/07/2022: This was what salvation meant once, “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall serve as a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” It is wrong to steal other people’s goods. Make your own, or at least do no evil – but that is not what is happening. Great evil is what is happening - in the name of good. Rainbows and gaiety (and especially childhood) ought not to have been so debased. Well said Cassie: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/28/the-other-half-of-the-rainbow/

Peta Credlin’s take is also worth a read: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/peta-credlin-relentless-push-for-inclusivity-is-what-divides-us/news-story/8d1bd0a0ae3a809dd1365b62666f3015

31/07/2022: I think it’s the biggest insider trading scheme and most useless piece of virtue signaling, white elephant hugging nonsense of all time, but I acknowledge you might make (or lose) a fortune out of discreet investments in it: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/30/guest-post-speedbox-electric-vehicles-redux/

30/07/2022: Stunning Footage Of Killer Whales Taking Down A Great White Shark – they are both horrible monsters. I would not want to be in the water with them: https://brobible.com/culture/article/first-ever-footage-orcas-killing-great-white-shark-stunning/

30/07/2022: “Coffee, tea or Bonox?” Maybe you are old enough to remember the ad? In any case it is still available, and it is still delicious. Having a cup right now. Curiously it no longer has instructions on the jar for using it as a drink, but adding a generous teaspoon to a cup of boiling water seems about right!

30/07/2022: In quarter two this year, we were paying an average price of $264 per megawatt hour instead of the $30 we used to pay before they blew up Hazelwood. And it will only get worse.The green dream is just insane, “It would have been cheaper just to build a whole new power plant last year.”: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/blistering-electricity-prices-it-was-the-quarter-the-whole-market-broke-and-australia-spent-12-7b/

30/07/2022: The WEF and all your ‘friendly’ leftie pollies want to destroy your car. Give them the boot: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/world-economic-forum-urges-public-eliminate-ownership-private-vehicles/

29/07/2022: If only you got paid for it…decades after retiring from teaching Della and I still frequently dream about it. I doubt any of our ex-students (some of whom are nearing their 70s) get any subliminal benefit from this nocturnal behaviour– though I admit to feeling a desire sometimes to still correct their spelling and expression in their Facebook posts!

29/07/2022: How can this even happen? Well, whole Ice Ages have occurred when CO2 was much higher than it is today: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/28/climatologists-embarrassed-increase-in-global-co2-levels-accompanied-by-arctic-sea-ice-growth/

29/07/2022: A big ‘hats off’ to these seven guys. Gays might (or not) be ‘proud’ of their particular bent but there is absolutely no reason anyone else should be, quite the reverse. It is only twenty years since homosexuality was officially deemed a mental disorder and a crime in many jurisdictions, something which the consequences of  having taken a more lenient approach to it and related behaviour has been shown was a bad idea which will have to be reversed in future – as has already been done in some countries which have been shocked by the excesses: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/australian-rugby-league-players-boycott-game-forced-wear-lgbt-themed-rainbow-jerseys/

For example, when a public health expert has gay unprotected sex with multiple men over a weekend, contracts monkeypox and gonorrhea but blames ‘the system’, are you sure you voted for gay marriage: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/soros-open-society-foundation-employee-brags-sex-multiple-men-pride-event-blames-government-catching-monkeypox-gonorrhea/

I liked this guy’s ‘take’ on the Manly events: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/28/the-other-half-of-the-rainbow/

29/07/2022: Remembering two heroes of the Left who lost their lives on this day 228 years ago. Saint-Just & Robespierre. Today’s leftists (Bandt, Albanese, Andrews etc) are no better - and also care only about unbridled power and control, “A nation generates itself only upon heaps of corpses” – never mind ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions,’ rather ‘devil take the hindmost.’ Every day around the world thousands of people are dying as a result of leftist policies (scores in Oz) – and it will get worse: https://fee.org/articles/the-two-monsters-of-the-french-revolution-who-were-consumed-by-power-and-lost-their-heads-on-the-same-day/

Bastiat had it better, “Be responsible for ourselves. Look to the State for nothing beyond law and order. Count on it for no wealth, no enlightenment. No more holding it responsible for our faults, our negligence, our improvidence. Count only on ourselves for our subsistence, our physical, intellectual, and moral progress!”

28/07/2022: Scientists Unveil Periodic Table Of Genders: “The nation's leading scientists unveiled a new periodic table of genders to help everyone keep track of the evolving gender spectrum. Experts are recommending the table be rolled out to schools across the nation and added to each state's curriculum for grades 9-12. The gender table features 114 genders in addition to a wild card space that represents the limitless imagination of the human mind.”: https://babylonbee.com/news/scientists-unveil-periodic-table-of-genders

28/07/2022: How renewables are killing Europe. We have to stop this nonsense: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/net-zero-policies-produced-the-most-dramatic-fall-in-european-energy-since-the-late-middle-ages/ 

It will be a very grim winter over there this year. Many will die: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/uk-lights-out-for-winter-warning-12m-people-will-be-in-energy-poverty/

28/07/2022: No https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/atheist-labor-senate-president-wants-to-dump-the-lords-prayer.html and Double No: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/no-just-no-double-no-nfw-lest-we-forget.html

28/07/2022: What really drives the climate? Well done (again) Viv, “Man’s coal, cars and cattle are puny compared to what nature can do.” : https://richardsonpost.com/vivforbes/27900/volcanos-oceans-and-weather/

Meanwhile this is where any warming is coming from – a complete corruption of (climate) science): https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/27/new-surface-stations-report-released-its-worse-than-we-thought/

27/07/2022: Kemi would definitely have been the membership’s choice for PM, but the membership and the people never get to choose. Such is democracy: https://www.commonsense.news/p/englands-new-conservative-superstar?utm_source=substack&utm_medium=email

27/07/2022: The ‘New Puritans’ are everywhere – just as bad as Oliver Cromwell: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/earlier-incarnations-of-puritanism-ended-when-its-proponents-became-laughing-stock/

27/07/2022: Sack Matthew Guy before we are condemned to another four years of Danistan: ‘To lose one election may be regarded as a misfortune: to lose more looks like carelessness.’ https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/liberals-stop-chasing-the-left-into-the-abyss/

27/07/2022: Regendering archaeology, How absurd: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/how-dare-you-assume-the-gender-of-ancient-skeletons/

26/07/2022: Digital QR Codes will become a requirement for ‘normal life’ - First Sri Lanka, then the world: : https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/digital-qr-code-now-required-access-gas-pumps-sri-lanka/

In China: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/qr-code-required-to-use-public-bathroom/

26/07/2022: Will (underground deposits of) natural hydrogen be the ‘fuel of the future’: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/24/could-natural-hydrogen-kill-green-hydrogen/

26/07/2022: 5G is just killing the NBN – just as free enterprise will always outperform socialism I long ago predicted this, before they ever began building Rudd and Turnbull’s wondrous white elephant: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/business/the-nbn-faces-a-slide-in-demand-as-retailers-ramp-up-the-sales-pitch-on-cheaper-faster-5g/news-story/b494697b1b489a248147d171278414f5

26/07/2022: What a crock of s—t Plibersek’s State of the Environment Report is. Put together by a bunch of groupie Aboriginal activists none of whom has an scientific qualification at all! How a woman knowingly married to a heroin dealer gets to be a Minister of the Crown is beyond me. Is this the most despicable Government in Australia’s history: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-eco-experts-trying-to-hoodwink-us-on-state-of-environment/news-story/274139bbd91dd8d1c0f8450ee1a365c4

25/07/2022: Who invented ice cream - 2500 years ago: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bastani

25/07/2022: Human history is full of surprises: These folk could be claiming castles in Portugal instead. Anyway their genes did not arrive 50,000 years ago: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2016/07/bird-people-groote-eylandt/

25/07/2022: Things are getting serious: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11037405/Fleet-nuclear-submarines-sent-Britain-Australia-warning-China.html?fbclid=IwAR2xbYE3HlPs2ewiET2xGU_aZ2uaKBqJ9Kw09TPO7uJMKlXEzz50z4a99xA

25/07/2022: “If you believe that the world’s weather is becoming catastrophically – no – apocalyptically unstable, why would you spend trillions of dollars converting your energy grid to rely on the weather…?´Alexandra Marshall in the Spectator.

24/07/2022: There are three maxims of wisdom (which we should never forget) engraved on the temple of Apollo at Delphi: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Apollo_(Delphi)

1. Know thyself.

2.Everything in moderation.

3. Certainty is ruin.

24/07/2022: It’s world Ivermectin day. We (Oz) have 50-80 deaths a day at the moment from covid and this has been going on all year now - 11,134 deaths altogether yet most if not all of these deaths could have been prevented with early treatment with Ivermectin which you can still buy without a script as a sheep or horse drench (taking the appropriate amount for your weight - as if you were a sheep each day for 3-5 days) yet it is still banned as a human treatment in Vic though it has had 90+% efficacy in preventing death/disease elsewhere (23/07/2022). This is the greatest crime in Australia’s history yet I will receive a ‘warning’ from Facebook for stating it. I have taken ivermectin multiple times now to cure myself and/or to prevent the disease when I have encountered it. So have a number of my friends. Ignore this advice and die if you must. I have been suggesting this since March 2020: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/world-ivermectin-day-advice-frontline-doctors-across-nation-stay-healthy-amid-biowar/ NB You can also use quercetin.

24/07/2022: Canada is now going down Sri Lanka’s and Holland’s path of destroying farming. This is the mad new green plan. Get ready to be hungry: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/tyrant-trudeau-moves-forward-plan-reduce-fertilizer-use-bankrupt-farmers-global-food-shortage-emergency/

24/07/2022: It’s a free country’ – remember that refrain? Imagine even having to take such an offence as this to court! I got in to deep trouble myself a few years ago (2016) as I had a credit card knife (a ‘prohibited weapon’ – akin to a machine gun - was the adumbrated charge) in my wallet. Things got particularly heated when I suggested to the officers that they should be out looking for the Beaumont children’s murderer instead of harassing retired farmers about fruit knives. Cost me $3000 in legal fees to make it go away: https://12ft.io/proxy?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.breitbart.com%2Feurope%2F2022%2F07%2F23%2Ffree-speech-win-uk-police-told-that-being-offensive-is-not-a-crime%2F

23/07/2022: The world’s greatest adventure – paleolithic seafaring. Imagine homo erectus and neanderthal venturing to cross hundreds of miles of open ocean – yet they did, up to 800,000 years ago: https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/palaeolithic-seafaring

23/07/2022: An Australian Hero: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/congratulation-214th-bn-2nd-aif-veteran-les-cook-for-yesterdays-awm-last-post-ceremony-lest-we-forge.html

23/07/2022: The recent ‘heat wave’ in England was largely a natural event: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/21/the-european-heat-wave-and-global-warming/

23/07/2022: Ivermectin is clearly better than anything you can get a script for – but look also at Quercetin (which you can buy from health food shops): https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/new-study-shows-ivermectin-can-reduce

22/07/2022: The ‘Voice’ must be rejected, “Aboriginal activists now want statehood, self-government and an independent legal system for each self-identifying Aboriginal clan that gains native title. And they want the Australian taxpayer to fund it all. This is obviously a program for a radical revision of the Australian federation — all of it in the interests of Aboriginal people, but with no thought about how it could possibly be in the interests of the rest of us.” The history of all this is very interesting (and in fact casts the ‘colonists’ in a very positive light): https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/07/the-voice-hiding-its-content-from-referendum-voters/

22/07/2022: The situation in China is deteriorating: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/tanks-deployed-to-stop-bank-run-in-china/

22/07/2022: South Africa (or Sri Lanka) is what we will be next year: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/south-africa-dystopia-blackouts-vandalism-protests-and-people-in-hospital-from-diy-connections/

22/07/2022: This is a great graph in response to the ‘warmists’. As you can see in reality the world has rarely been much colder than it is now: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/21/climate-alarmists-respond-to-the-global-warming-pause/

21/07/2022: Please come back Tim Smith, Bernie Finn etc. We need an urgent change in the Victorian Liberal Party leadership. “The Western Australia Liberals tried this trick before their state election and now they can fit into a Volkswagen Polo. There’s only two members in the lower house.”: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/victorian-liberals-power-to-the-people-plan-promises-solar-panel-battery-storage-rebates/news-story/bd62afbcbb619c5796ca1f8d854d7105  

21/07/2022: “It takes real genius to have an energy crisis in a nation which is the fifth biggest gas exporter in the world, the highest value coal exporter, and has the largest reserves of uranium. In the race to the bottom, Australia is burdened with more energy per capita than anywhere on Earth — and yet Big Government has succeeded, and wildly, showing that the richest nation on Earth can still be poor”:  https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/now-its-a-gas-crisis-for-a-global-gas-exporter-aemo-says-there-is-a-threat-to-system-security/

21/07/2022: Pakistan is rapidly heading to becoming the next Sri Lanka but this time run by the Taliban – thanks to ‘Uncle Joe’ Biden. Unfortunately they are a nuclear armed power: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/biden-legacy-taliban-forces-teeming-us-weapons-unite-take-pakistani-government-country-precipice-economic-collapse/

21/07/2022: Save the forest, save the pygmies – yet another reason not to buy the latest iPhone. A few thousand dead in the Ukraine War yet it is in the papers every day (and we simply must send aid) but a few million dead in the Congo – and nothing. Of course they are black: https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-forest-people

20/07/2022:  ‘Nothing would be more fatal than for the government of states to get into the hands of the experts. Expert knowledge is limited knowledge: and the unlimited ignorance of the plain man who only knows what hurts, is a safer guide than any vigorous direction of a specialised character.’ Winston Churchill: Rainbows and rubber bullets | The Spectator Australia

20/07/2022: Aboriginal history or pre- history is now a completely banned topic I know, but it is much ore recent than you may think. For example we may no longer delve into any details about Mungo Man since he has been stolen and reburied even though he was proved by DNA analysis to have no living descendants. This author delves into the facts of aboriginal origins however and finds many of them to be much more recent than the conventional narrative which sees aboriginals as ‘the oldest living culture’ even though the San of Southern Africa must pip them by at least 100,000 years even if they could prove a continuous occupation of Australia of 50,000 years which they cannot (as Mungo man’s DNA revealed). Some of them arrived much more recently (actually after the earliest European visits astonishingly enough) but mostly we are looking at an arrival circa 3500 years ago. The distribution of their languages proves this point with great certainty. These are (three) astonishing scholarly articles:  https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-problems-of-australias-deep-past?s=w & https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-problems-of-australias-deep-past-b3d?s=w & https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-problems-of-australias-deep-past-c2d

20/07/2022: Origins of Monty Python: https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-people/joseph-arimathea-0017032

20/07/2022: So, as Ian Plimer has also pointed out (25/05/2022) Australia is already at or below net zero, so let’s just ‘chill out’. Nothing more needs to be done, let alone disastrous economy destroying experiments: https://www.beefcentral.com/news/renowned-scientist-says-australia-could-already-be-at-net-zero/

19/07/2022: Of course they should lock her up: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/norwegian-feminist-faces-3-years-in-prison-for-saying-men-cant-have-babies/

19/07/2022: Why stop with the ‘mentally ill’? Why not get rid of anyone you disagree with? https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/07/canadas_expert_panel_recommends_the_mentally_ill_be_candidates_for_euthanasia.html

19/07/2022: I have been reading with interest Mater’s historical pieces on the ‘aboriginal question’. Misinformation certainly seems to have been the order of the day on this issue: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/16/were-they-that-bad-1-the-beginning/ & https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/16/were-they-that-bad-2-australian-law-as-applied-to-aborigines/ & https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/18/were-they-that-bad-3-flora-and-fauna-act/ & https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/07/18/were-they-that-bad-3-flora-and-fauna-act/

19/07/2022: You can’t have an effect without a cause (and vice versa). The satellite data shows the world is (plus) .06C degrees warmer than the 1975-2022 average though in the tropics it has been (minus) -.36C cooler than the average. This does not mean that an Ice Age is imminent but it does mean that ‘global warming’ or ‘climate change’ cannot have ‘caused’ anything in the last 50 years – simply because neither has occurred, nor are they likely to occur because of CO2 which clearly has about zero effect on the climate. Note that it was much warmer during the Middle Ages than today (They grew wine in Scotland and farmed in Greenland), and during several Ice Ages CO2 percentages were several times (higher) than they are today. Relax: https://www.drroyspencer.com/2022/07/uah-global-temperature-update-for-june-2022-0-06-deg-c/ .

18/07/2022: How many crimes are down to drunk and stupid: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/oklahoma-man-arrested-alleged-slaying-fisherman-fear-eaten-bigfoot-aut-rcna38065

18/07/2022: Why would you vote for either of these parties? Just no choice but madness: https://www.theepochtimes.com/centre-right-coalition-in-victoria-says-it-will-match-labors-50-percent-2030-emissions-target-and-legislate-it_4602897.html

Where the materials could possibly come from to achieve these absurd ‘net zero’ aims is clearly never a bother for its proponents: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/17/sp-chronic-copper-shortages-have-killed-net-zero-2050/

18/07/2022: Why you should be concerned about Postmodernism though it “is total garbage, not based on any kind of evidence or facts, but also not based on logical argumentation or rationality… because the postmodernists reject literally all of those ideas and concepts.  Nonetheless, this is what many of your children are now being taught in public schools.  They are being taught, just like the postmodernists want them to be, that there is no such thing as truth.  They want your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends to believe that everything is true, and nothing is true; everything is real, nothing is real; left is right; up is down” https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/07/postmodernism_understanding_the_roots_of_wokeness.html

You could also think about how it impacts on ‘indigenous affairs’: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/07-08/imprisoned-in-the-oldest-continuous-culture/

17/07/2022: Waterproofing Paper Maps: I know the old John Donne map store in Little Bourke St Melbourne used to sell a brush on (wax?) product for waterproofing paper topo (etc) maps called perhaps 'Map Seal' or the like. I admit I have never used it, or a spray on silicone normally designated for raincoats, boots etc (eg 'Camp Dry') which I know others sometimes use.

I have betimes laminated a paper map eg when traveling in Fiordland etc - but which makes them significantly heavier!) but for several years now I normally either forego a map, place it in a large snap-lock bag or use a phone app such as 'Paper Maps' and downloaded topo maps such as Vicmaps. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/07/16/waterproofing-paper-maps/

17/07/2022: Floods are what happens when you build your town on a flood plain (without adequate levies) I note Singleton’s and Maitland’s have held recently. Plenty of other towns (Lismore?) are yet to get them - though in Holland they built them centuries ago: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/the-long-forgotten-floods-of-windsor-and-sydney/

17/07/2022: How the ‘real science you can trust’ actually gets done: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/former-pfizer-marketing-vice-president-explains-how-big-pharma-controls-the-medical-establishment/

You can hardly believe something is ‘safe’ when it has this major effect on 40% of women for example: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/coronavirus/surprise-sideeffect-of-the-covid19-vaccine-for-women/news-story/606ed43f418286282123d7a5026d9b31

16/07/2022: Wide Shoes: If life came with a user's manual and we read it (unlikely - given how little we read other such manuals - else we would not have the acronym RTFM) we would probably give up much sooner. Now that I have slipped gracelessly into old age I am constantly coming across things which had they been in the manual would have filled me with trepidation if not despair. But enough of my woes!

Maybe it was because my left knee has been so worn out for so long and I was walking with such a pronounced and protracted limp but my right foot in particular seems to have been growing ever wider. This has been happening for a number of years. I used to wear size 8 UK Keen Targhees which were more than satisfactory when I posted about them here though I moved up from a Size 8UK to and 8.5UK because of toe problems encountered on the South Coast Track in 2014 walking out to Port Craig as I now recall. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/07/15/wide-shoes/

16/07/2022: How far will this CCP control go and how much will it be copied by puppets in the West: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/beijing-residents-forced-wear-regime-issued-electronic-bracelets-traveled-city-will-track-location-monitor-temperature/

16/07/2022: Weather Dependency. This is the type if world future the environmentalists see as desirable where all our energy for example will come from such unreliable sources – but the sun doesn’t always shine , or the wind blow. But surely this was the situation not just prior to the Industrial Revolution but indeed before the invention of fire more than a million years ago. Am I alone in seeing this madness as a seriously backward step in human evolution? Wake up people and reject this nonsense before your children are poor, cold and hungry. The (human) world has become increasingly a better place as we became weather independent.

15/07/2022: This is the real scientific evidence that there is no problem with CO2: https://www.sec.gov/comments/s7-10-22/s71022-20132171-302668.pdf

15/07/2022: Wonnangatta Murders Revisited: You do have to wonder about Greg Lynn when the case was adjourned whilst everyone prepared more ‘evidence’ for yet more months - in the light of the disappearance of yet another person in the High Country (missing hiker Christos Pittas near Mt Hotham on 13 May).

It would be horrifying indeed if police have the wrong man (as seems unlikely I admit – but they have managed it before eg in the cases of Jason Roberts and George Pell recently for example) but what has been revealed so far anyway about the case  is (legally speaking I guess) surely purely circumstantial - even if it seems pretty damning.

I have to admit that when they found the bodies it appeared to me that Lynn must have confessed and told them where they were – but if that had been the case not only would police now know more (eg where the trailer, phones, drones etc are) but he would also surely have pleaded guilty – and we would have been told.

The finding of the bodies whilst he was in custody was either a result of information gleaned from his phone (but why did he, an airline pilot who ought to know about such things still have the same phone? And would this be admissible? Surely you have to have the evidence before you arrest someone?) or it may be that they just began to look whilst he was in custody along and adjoining his supposed route – and the bodies were clearly not particularly well-concealed, ie there was a suspicious level of disturbance leading to them, and so they were found at that time. I would have been looking much closer to the Wonnangatta Valley myself – and no doubt the police were too.

This route (via Grant) was also (likely) the route taken by the person in the ‘white ute’ whom police had claimed earlier as the possible murderer. – and likely any number of other people including (obviously) the real murderer whoever that was – if not Lynn, as Parks Vic had not bothered to signpost the Jamieson exit as closed, so many people no doubt tried to get out that way, then when they failed continued on towards Grant.

So far as we know all police have is Lynn’s presence in the Wonnangatta Valley before the murder and his (possible) route via Grant, but maybe not even that – whilst there are possibly dozens of others who also fit that picture. All they have acknowledged is his car’s presence on the Mt Hotham Rd around dawn on the Saturday after the murders (but he may even have camped somewhere else on the Friday night) and they apparently have no (other) forensic evidence and no confession, therefore whether he committed the murders or not they (sadly) have not acquired enough evidence to convict him, and he will ultimately have to be released.

Of course if the Christos disappearance is just the latest in a long chain of unexplained disappearances in the High Country then mayhap the poor old ‘Button Man’ shibboleth will have to be revisited. If more people should go missing things will look even worse:  https://www.bordermail.com.au/story/7748362/after-searching-more-than-a-week-missing-man-not-found-search-over/

15/07/2022: The level of outright treason from the Bidens is breathtaking – this is the sort of stuff which used to lead to execution (still on the statutes there): https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/end-of-an-empire-what-if-china-bought-the-us-president-unleashed-a-bioweapon-and-no-one-cared/


14/07/2022: There is no place for race in our constitution. People who self-identify as belonging to a race (other than the human race) are the racists. By so doing they invite others to comment on their own appalling statistics of welfare dependency, crime, family violence, drug and alcohol dependency, rent seeking & etc - but that would be illegal in the 'free speech' regime we 'enjoy' - instead of expecting the rest of us to do something other than continuing to bankroll them, they should do something about improving themselves - just as the rest of us quite rightly can be expected to do. Let's have a referendum to abolish the utterly undemocratic Senate instead - that has been long overdue and would do some good – and let’s get rid of the awful ‘preferential’ system too while we are at it which effectively gives some citizens several votes and others only one (depending on whose preferences get counted. It might be a different matter if everyone’s were. For example, in the recent elections none of the Teals would have been elected if Liberal voters’ preferences (a much larger group than any other) were counted (even twice – as compared with some other people’s votes being counted even 8-9 times). ‘First Past the Post’ is fairer.

14/07/2022: Really literally no-one would pay to watch/listen to the ABC, so why do we throw over a billion at it annually: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/virginia-trioli-loses-a-quarter-of-her-radio-audience.html

14/07/2022: Good luck taxing the rich when they’re gone. Pennsylvania is a microcosm – a litotes if you like. Here in Oz we have a similar situation: practically all our (net) GDP comes from exporting carbon (coal/gas) or its analogues (iron ore/minerals/food) etc. This has funded a lifestyle which used to be the envy of the world and prompted a veritable rash of would-be immigrants. But where will this prosperity come from if you strike out the wicked carbon exports? The goose that laid the golden eggs might appear very tasty on your supper table but it will actually make a pretty thin gruel: https://www.inquirer.com/opinion/commentary/wealth-tax-pennsylvania-population-decrease-20220613.html

14/07/2022: One of the most major mental defects is seeing problems instead of solutions. As an example of this real ‘scientists’ eg agronomists and (electrical) engineers long ago ‘solved’ the food and energy ‘problems’ so that it is (relatively) easy to produce enough food and energy to supply the burgeoning world population with a decent diet and lifestyle, and to do this whilst improving ‘environmental’ values. It is not possible to do so with ‘organic’ agriculture which is disastrously less productive. To feed the present world population by this C18th (or earlier) methods we would have to clear all the remaining wilderness – yet still we would have mass starvation. Such scientists have been improving on this and other similar features of the world (transport, health  communication etc) for at least a couple of hundred years. You don’t need to stand in the road and stymie their efforts (as recently happened in Sri Lanka for example or as is foreshadowed in Holland, Canada,  Australia etc) in order to bring about a worsening of our living standards (and inevitably then of the ‘environment too!) https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/12/bjorn-lomborg-going-organic-might-be-fashionably-green-but-it-wont-feed-the-world/

13/07/2022: Uvalde only gets worse. Now we learn that a police officer was denied the opportunity to take out the perpetrator before he had murdered any children – but what good would that do for ‘gun reform’? https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/new-armed-uvalde-police-officer-clear-shot-take-salvador-ramos-entered-robb-elementary-school-fatally-shot-19-children/

13/07/2022: Yes, this red panda story is typical of climate misinformation – of course ‘all of us’ would wish to ‘save’ the adorable red panda, but save it from what, and is it endangered anyway? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/06/how-climate-propaganda-works/

13/07/2022: The world has been being run by clowns. As this energy disaster unfolded Boris was planning to ban wood heating. I think we have a real analogue here with Albanese and Bowen – imagine having a brace of modern-day Caligulas. At least if Anthony ‘fiddles while Rome burns’ it will resonate with the Italian heritage he refuses to recognize officially thus making himself ineligible for office. Gadzooks: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/the-worst-winter-weve-seen-since-the-1970s/

13/07/2022: Senior police certainly can get it wrong but this guy Sheridan seems to luck out rather too often meaning Jason Roberts  and George Pell spent rather too long in gaol as a result: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/07/an-acquittal-victoria-police-and-the-pell-case/

The treatment of Avi Yemeni is another case in point: https://www.rebelnews.com/victoria_police_apologise_to_avi_yemini_over_unlawful_arrests 

12/07/2022: We are certainly very happy we still have a wood fire – but how long before the green zealots come for us: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/not-laughing-now-wood-burning-stoves-firewood-short-supply-germany-citizens-fear-freezing-death-due-gas-shortages/

12/07/2022: How does your ‘classic car’ such as a 90s Land Rover (where every part is available replaceable by a home mechanic) stack up against a ‘modern’ car or the latest EV? There is just no comparison. Your classic car is enormously ‘greener’: https://issuesinsights.com/2022/07/05/confirmed-again-the-green-agenda-is-taking-us-backward/

12/07/2022: A fairly dramatic fall in the birth rate. Activists may not need to worry about abortion as it seems that the vaccine may do it for them: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/where-have-all-the-babies-gone/

12/07/2022: Zulu – one of my favourite films though I agree with Steyn, it is unlikely it would be made today. Rorke’s Drift remains the single engagement where more VCs were awarded than any other: https://www.steynonline.com/12632/this-butcher-yard-michael-caine-and-zulu

11/07/2022: A walk around the world: https://www.sbs.com.au/news/dateline/article/tom-turcich-is-set-to-become-the-10th-person-to-have-walked-around-the-world-his-dog-will-be-the-first/xuh5ani6p?fbclid=IwAR250IjHpnHB2WpWG11dlU_Y48KbVSctVvNs2SXNO1O7lKsHT4-H8W4rljA

11/07/2022: I really hope this is not happening but what experience I have of cyber-bullying and peer pressure amongst the young tells me that it is happening far too much and anyway much moreso than was the case in generations past (eg when people left school at ~15 to take a job as I did) : https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/07/the_lost_generations.html

11/07/2022: You get banned for stating the bald truth about CO, ie that it is at practically the lowest level ever and only barely above that level needed to support life on Earth. You might not have heard this. I wonder why: https://climaterealism.com/2022/07/linkedin-bans-scientist-for-presenting-inconvenient-truths-about-co2/

11/07/2022: Just in case you thought the people running the Ukraine aren’t Nazis: https://unitedwithisrael.org/antisemism-in-ukraine-envoy-lavishes-praise-on-nazi-murderer-no-repercussions/ & https://www.timesofisrael.com/hundreds-march-in-ukraine-in-annual-tribute-to-nazi-collaborator/

10/07/2022: The eternal solution. ‘God save us’ from folks who think this way. It used to be ‘limited’ to the religious this having goals which will last ‘for all time’ but the nanny staters and communists who have been/are running the world at the present (and many of those who seek to do so) are forever trying to ‘fix’ things ‘for all time’: legislation, regulations, the environment…on and on to a ‘perfect world’. I don’t think so. I would be happier with an imperfect world with lots of real diversity of thought and organisation where things are allowed to just ‘bumble along’ under the operation of ‘natural laws’ such as ‘supply and demand’ ‘evolution’ etc. I am so sick of the ‘none so pure as the pure in heart’ brigade.

10/07/2022: Get ready for a real boom in Far UVC ‘zappers’ – may be the trendoid investment of the day guys: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/far-uvc-kills-viruses-in-minutes-safe-for-human-skin-and-eyes-and-the-chinese-are-installing-it-why-arent-we/

10/07/2022: Things get worse and worse in Sri Lanka – this is where all your green dreams are heading: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/sri-lanka-falling-apart.html & https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/citizens-hunting-the-rich-in-sri-lanka-wild-video/

And worse: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/footage-shows-sri-lankan-president-rajapakse-fleeing-country-ship-suitcase-full-belongings-declares-country-bankrupt/

10/07/2022: What kind of sad mad world are we living in that you can’t even feed the birds? Whoever the neighbours, bureaucrats, lawyers and other low-life are who are responsible for this, they deserve an open season to be declared on them. They are the vermin, not the pigeons: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/a-crime-to-be-kind-south-yarra-woman-who-feeds-pigeons-says-shes-the-victim-of-a-witch-hunt/news-story/4e30ae86642af689122674e72d421b16

09/07/2022: Soon a drug which will allow you to live to 200. Bring it on: https://thred.com/tech/drug-that-increases-human-lifespan-to-200-years-is-in-the-works/

09/07/2022: Leo Maglen may not have fought against it but I have, all my life, with every fibre of my being – and I continue to do so, “As the last of our parents’ greatest generation pass away, we are now the elders of our culture.  Their fantastic legacy, built with hard work, stoicism, great sacrifice, and a high degree of consensus about what they stood for, is what we should be taking responsibility for defending, preserving and passing on to subsequent generations.  Instead we have squandered our inheritance. Whilst we grew up in the era of unprecedented economic growth and prosperity they made possible, we have failed to grasp the lessons they taught us.  We were too busy congratulating ourselves on our good fortune and enjoying its fruits to remember the old adages that good times do not go on for ever, and that no-one owes us a living”. https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/society/2022/07/mea-culpa-my-generation-should-have-done-more/

09/07/2022: The Dutch Government has even decided to expropriate farmers’ land and hand it over to illegal immigrants – this is the sort of evil you get when you toss away your national sovereignty and allow yourself to be dominated by green ideologues. Meanwhile other farmers throughout the EU eg in Germany, Italy, Poland etc are joining the protest. I really hope this is the beginning of the end of the ‘green blob’: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/dutch-farmer-protest-update-16-year-old-jouke-freed-document-reveals-government-plans-confiscate-farms-asylum-seekers/

09/07/2022: Dire News: NB: Shinzo Abe was shot with a home-made pipe shotgun. He was giving a speech about the defence of Taiwan at the time. Celebrations have broken out in China: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/china-restaurants-shops-celebrate-shinzo-abes-assassination-weekend-specials-food-milk-tea-clothing-lottery-tickets/  & he was already targeted by the CCP for assassination: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/revealed-chatter-chinese-twitter-shinzo-abe-completing-task-posted-17-hours-shinzo-abe-assassination/

08/07/2022: PC gone mad: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/man-arrested-for-killing-rooster-in-self-defense-hilarious/


08/07/2022: “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It's people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages. I am free, no matter what rules surround me. If I find them tolerable, I tolerate them; if I find them too obnoxious, I break them. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for everything I do”. Jordan Peterson

08/07/2022: Unfortunately the scouts have always had a problem with pedophilia but this is utterly ridiculous: https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2021/11/26/delingpole-meet-mistress-the-girl-guides-transgender-commissioner/

07/07/2022: Today’s Darwin Award winner – unfortunately the video is missing: https://www.ksat.com/news/local/2022/07/05/san-antonio-man-killed-by-fireworks-after-lighting-one-on-his-head/

07/07/2022: "Great fleas have little fleas upon their backs to bite 'em, And little fleas have lesser fleas, and so ad infinitum ." Jonathan Swift: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/cern-atom-smashers-discover-3-new-exotic-particles/

07/07/2022: “But now I only hear

Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,

Retreating, to the breath

Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear

And naked shingles of the world”. Matthew Arnold, ‘Dover Beach


So, the census now shows that few of us are ‘religious’ and even fewer (still) Christians. Curiously I decided (for the first time this census ) to write ‘Christian’ on my census form because while I am not a believer, I see myself as firmly in the Christian tradition. We have thrown out too much with the bathwater, I think. One of the chiefest reasons for the decline of Christian belief, Christian tradition and ethics is that most of the nominally Christian ‘sects’ have long since been captured by the communists who were long the ‘godless enemy’ – and frankly still are. ‘Wokeism’ in a multiplicity of vile forms has also captured the pulpit (and caused the congregation to flee elsewhere). We now have that situation which Yeats described as ‘The best lack all conviction whilst the worst are full of passionate intensity”. No-one believes anything anymore not least why they should be good – or even understands what goodness is. Seemingly the ‘moral life’ is just a grab bag of eclectic slogans having no logical consistency with each other. There is no underlying ‘rock’ on which a ‘good life’ can be based. The upshot of this is that civilisation will go down into chaos and will not rise again for a thousand years (if ever) -  as the vast ruined empty cities which dot the jungles of South-East Asia , the deserts of the Middle East, Meso-America, etc testify is the fate of a civilisational failure.

07/07/2022: I really hope the 40,000 Dutch farmers are the adults in the room who bring the whole evil chicanery of ‘climate change’ crashing down. Just maybe the people would rather the farmers fed them, and that coal, gas and oil producers warmed them, & etc than just wait while the green bureaucrats and pollies bankrupted, starved and froze them: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/climate-change-a-religion-built-on-blind-faith/  & https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/how-the-green-eu-starves-the-world/

06/07/2022: Poem for Today:

W.H. Auden: Roman Wall Blues

Over the heather the wet wind blows,
I've lice in my tunic and a cold in my nose.

The rain comes pattering out of the sky,
I'm a Wall Soldier, I don't know why.

The mist creeps over the hard grey stone,
My girl's in Tungria: I sleep alone.

Aulus goes hanging around her place,
I don't like his manners, I don't like his face.

Piso's a Christian, he worships a fish;
There'd be no kissing if he got his wish.

She gave me a ring but I diced it away;
I want my girl and I want my pay.

When I'm a veteran with only one eye
I shall do nothing but look at the sky. 

PS: I feel a bit like this old soldier guarding the borders against the barbarians, however I feel that civilization is being overwhelmed.

06/07/2022: This is just such feral madness. BTW Della and I had our triple antigen ten year boosters a few weeks ago. Get yours today. I have had this disease and most of the others (save tetanus) from which vaccination now protects us (including even polio and TB). I am very fortunate to be alive, but I can still remember how sick I was with some of them as an infant. Only someone who was madly evil would wish such diseases on their fellows: https://www.theepochtimes.com/diphtheria-appears-for-first-time-in-new-south-wales-in-100-years_4574743.html

06/07/2022: Most of these ‘traditions’ were invented by people still alive today (like Ernie Dingo for example who admits to having invented the ‘smoking ceremony’). “If Australian leftists want to continue inventing Aboriginal traditions, they obviously need to lift the quality of their research. In fact, we would all be better off if they gave away the whole tawdry game.” https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/07/sacred-traditions-invented-yesterday/

06/07/2022: This is the thin edge of the wedge. I certainly hope these Dutch farmers prevail against the ‘green blob’. The ‘madness of crowds’ has to be answered with the sanity of the grown-ups: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/07/how-the-green-eu-starves-the-world/

05/07/2022: I think people were more likely to do this sort of thing 100 years ago even though there is clearly more wilderness out there today: http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/37769-Canoeing-with-the-Cree-A-cool-American-story.html

05/07/2022: Things you should know. All life in earth basically depends on the tiny enzyme rubisco (Ribulose-1,5-bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase) which is what drives photosynthesis. Its productivity can be increased enormously (at least to four times) by increasing the proportion of CO2 in the atmosphere – as people normally do in greenhouses. When there was much more of it in the past there was a vast profusion of life therefore. The quantum of life has reduced gradually as its proportion in the atmosphere declined arriving at its lowest point during the last ice age. We urgently need to add more of it to the atmosphere to prevent the extinction of life in the future if it falls any lower. Folks who style themselves as caring for the life of the planet (eg the greens) ought to be promoting this by eg an increase in fossil fuel use.

05/07/2022: Russia has been funding these ‘green’ protests in the West for decades in order to undermine us, but now China has gotten into the act too: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/chinese-agents-pose-as-fake-green-protesters-to-try-to-stop-rare-earths-mining-in-the-west/

05/07/2022: What a lot of racist nonsense all these ‘aboriginal’ flags are. We really don’t need to be divided by any such spurious basis as ‘race’ – a vile outdated C19th concept. Let’s just have the one national flag, please: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/what-a-great-idea-get-rid-of-a-flag-for-everyone-replace-it-with-one-for-08-of-people.html

04/07/2022: Fascinating, beautiful noctilucent clouds: https://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/rare-clouds-that-glow-in-the-dark-are-the-most-vibrant-in-15-years/ar-AAZ5Nks

04/07/2022: The ‘last testament of George Macdonald Fraser published on the occasion of his death (in 2008) – a must read. There is not much here (if anything ) I disagree with: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-506219/The-testament-Flashmans-creator-How-Britain-destroyed-itself.html

Another 100 year old veteran expressing much the same view, “the country is going to hell in a handbasket”: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/100-year-old-decorated-veteran-breaks-crying-not-country-fought-video/

04/07/2022: A harbinger of things to come – South Africa’s grid collapses. The legacy of Mandela and like leftists. Let’s not forget either that he murdered around 100,000 of his fellow (black) countrymen by ‘necklacing – if you don’t remember what that was, it involved tying them up, placing a car tyre over their heads then setting it alight. It will only get worse from here on in. Don’t let’s have Australia follow suit, please: https://hotair.com/jazz-shaw/2022/07/02/south-africans-left-in-the-dark-after-grid-collapse-n480287 & https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/south-africa-grid-struggling-with-national-rolling-blackouts-strikes-corruption-and-no-respect-for-coal-power/

04/07/2022: When I studied High School Science 60 years ago we learned about the ‘Carbon Cycle’  amongst other such ‘natural’ cycles. But NB they were ‘cycles’. Over a period of time carbon was cycled through the world’s natural systems eventually finding its way back to where it had begun. It would be most unfortunate for life on earth (composed as it is of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen) if this was not so – else life would clearly (soon geologically) cease. Carbon does get ‘locked up’ for awesome periods of time (eg in ‘fossil’ fuels and even moreso in carbonate rocks (like limestone). Fortunately there are also natural processes which ‘unlock’ it or after a while there would be insufficient to maintain life on earth. After a long succession of Ice Ages this is just about the situation we find ourselves in. It is a moot point whether life itself could survive another ice age when the CO2 in the air was dissolved in the oceans to such an extent as to be insufficient (in the atmosphere) to maintain photosynthesis. The so-called ‘pre-Industrial’ level of aprox 250ppm is just about the lowest limit consistent with life on the planet. In any case life would not survive its falling a further 100ppm whereas there was a wonderful exuberance of life in earlier geological eras when it was in excess of 20,000ppm…“Bjorn Lomborg…shows clearly that the risk of death from extreme weather events in 2020 is a mere 1 per cent of what it was in 1920” https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/07-08/the-madness-of-net-zero/

Of course there is also a Nitrogen Cycle (nitrogen composing 70% of the atmospehere if you have forgotten and not .04% like CO2). At present the Dutch Government is so concerned about nitrogen they are trying to shut down farming (just like Sri Lanka). This will not end well either: https://www.news.com.au/national/dutch-farmers-form-tractor-blockade-in-massive-protest-over-nitrogen-policy/video/adbb4e2535f28567319a6d8f6db8c41c

03/07/2022: Who’d have thought – the Jurassic dinosaurs loved the cold, just like the Tuatara. No doubt they were warm-blooded and as woolly as any mammoth: https://scitechdaily.com/study-of-ancient-mass-extinction-reveals-dinosaurs-took-over-earth-amid-ice-not-warmth/

03/07/2022: So the AEMO has a $300+ billion plan to ‘ditch’ coal and replace it with something which any child ought to be able to  see would not work! Great! We pay these idiot bureaucrats far too much. Also, whilst there is zero ‘problem’ with (heat from) CO2 which is wholly beneficial in every other way - note the vast increase in forested areas (and life) as a result of adding it to the atmosphere – an area roughly three times Australia so far over the last approx forty years, if you really wanted to reduce CO2 (a most unwise idea as it might lead to life itself not surviving the next Ice Age - which is inevitable anyway) surely the AEMO ought to be able to see that the only (currently) available technology of replacing it with a reliable power supply is nuclear. Idiots!

03/07/2022: Wadeye – what a terrible place. This is not a solution to anything. We really should not keep such hell-holes going. I for one would not be picking up garbage and s—t left behind by my able bodied students. I would never be a servant. They in turn need to learn (whether they be black white or brindle) that if they want to have a living they need to do something for that living otherwise it should be withdrawn: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2008/12/wadeye-failed-state-as-cultural-triumph/

03/07/2022: When I was a small boy Britain, (it’s a small island of Europe you know), controlled around a quarter of the land area of the earth and a similar proportion of its people. Mostly for the good, I believe. But that was ‘colonialism’ and after WW2 it had to go. Now along comes China which now controls more, and mostly it is not good – but who says anything against it? Not colonialism I guess. Not racist either. Poppycock. Like Islam China is an enormous evil. Mordor if you like: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/some-imperial-colonization-is-fine-after-all-china-controls-africa-and-nobody-cares/ 

02/07/2022: Now the Census shows that the majority of ‘us’ are members of the ‘Third Wave’ maybe it is time for constitutional recognition of this group through having their own representatives. I am myself a member of the Second Wave so a completely downtrodden group nowadays: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/identity/2022/06/a-voice-for-wogs-huns-balts-poms-and-paddys/

02/07/2022: The notion of ‘customary law’ (a vile idea) is just another reason to reject the concept of ‘separate development’ in Oz, or ‘apartheid’ as it was once called. Frankly it made more sense in SA – probably still does, as the country is now dominated by one tribe: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/06/traditional-culture-is-the-problem-not-the-solution/

02/07/2022: I like what the Supreme Court has been doing in the US ie throwing decision making back to the elected bodies. First abortion, now CO2 (next single-sex marriage?). If ‘the people’ want to destroy themselves (democratically) that is their business,. It should not be done by faceless bureaucrats. BTW – a court has nothing to do with public opinion: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/07/us-supreme-court-puts-unelected-deep-state-kingmakers-back-in-their-box/

02/07/2022: If there is so much ‘global warming’ why is it getting colder? The Tropics (for example) are registering down .37C compared with the forty year average. The world as a whole is only up .06C degrees. These are very trivial variations from an enormously stable climate. Why is the climate so awesomely stable? Do you suppose the alarmists have overlooked a huge thermostat which controls the weather? Almost certainly: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/07/01/satellite-data-coolest-monthly-global-temperature-in-over-10-years/

01/07/2022: I wonder whether this space-plane will ever fly? I’m sure Al Gore and his associates will want one though: https://www.ladbible.com/news/latest-hypersonic-jet-take-you-anywhere-on-earth-within-one-hour-20220617

01/07/2022: These guys are just getting too big. Soon they will be muscling us out of our homes: https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/06/new-bacterium-roughly-the-size-shape-of-an-eyelash-smashes-size-record/

01/07/2022: Is there a solution to our electrical crisis? We should listen to the experts. This guy is an expert: https://latrobevalleyexpress.com.au/news/2022/06/29/comment-a-look-at-the-current-electricity-landscape/?fbclid=IwAR2VesUFqhVJRc4cKAdaYlIU8Eru40O8Ag-FBkR-HY2NWlopfMSh5tga9j4

01/07/2022: The invasion of the Ukraine is an example of ‘toxic masculinity’? Boris has clearly never heard of Margaret Thatcher (or Golda Meyer). The Brits need to ditch this Bozo: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/07/boris-youre-an-idiot.html

30/06/2022: Some very big fish still in the Mekong: https://www.popsci.com/environment/largest-freshwater-fish/

30/06/2022: Greta’s mess – this is the rubbish left behind at Glastonbury after Greta’s climate speech. These people really care about the environment: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/climate-freak-photo-of-the-day/

30/06/2022: Interesting to see a graphic of the kind of limits on abortion folks are talking about. Few people would argue against a ‘morning after’ pill. Most would be OK  for the first 4- 6 weeks. After that the situation gets increasingly complex. Clearly after around 20 weeks when the baby could survive birth it becomes a very grey area indeed. You are after all always talking about taking a human life: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/europe-has-more-restrictive-abortion-law-than-u-s/

30/06/2022: I completely agree with this (and it’s not an improvement), “Christian doctrines have simply been replaced by hard-line secular ideologies, which are frequently more dogmatic, intolerant, and hostile to non-believers, blasphemers, and apostates… ‘What rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?’https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/christianity-becomes-a-minority-but-religion-is-on-the-rise/

29/06/2022: Well, 1000km on a single charge – who’d have thought? https://newatlas.com/automotive/mercedes-eqxx-1202km-ev-range-record/

29/06/2022: Thank you Jim Steele. A ‘must read’. An educated layman’s explanation of how the ‘greenhouse effect’ actually works and why CO2 is not a problem at all, “So beware of anyone telling you that increasing CO2 is increasingly trapping heat and causing a climate crisis. They are either ignorant of the science, or dishonestly manipulating your thinking to advance their political agendas” https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/28/media-claims-co2-traps-heat-a-big-lie-or-a-big-stupid/

29/06/2022: The head of the British Army speaks out – a long read but a worthwhile one. We will ignore him at our extreme peril: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/british-army-chief-i-intend-to-mobilise-the-british-army-to-deter-russia.html

29/06/2022: Listen up Lysistrata: abortion is not contraception. Instead, it is a very serious decision to kill a baby. Should this be a ‘right’ for just one parent though eg right up to the moment of birth? Imagine the furore if only male parents had the right to kill their children: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/democrats-go-on-sex-strike/

28/06/2022: Not so long ago we measured our standard of progress  by how many millions of tonnes of steel and coal we produced (for example), but the West as been giving up such progress, while China has not: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/energy-is-power-but-the-wests-is-starving-itself/

28/06/2022: Mostly from the poor to the rich as it turns out! “At least the leftist Potsdam Institute’s Professor Ottmar Edenhofer has the courage to say out loud what is becoming more obvious by the day. ‘One has to free oneself,’ he says, ‘from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. Instead, climate change policy is about how we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth’.” https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/perhaps-in-the-next-life/

28/06/2022: I think we can learn from the French police: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/27/climate-activists-discover-french-police-dont-use-glue-solvent/

28/06/2022: What utter bulls—t: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/australias-health-department-provides-78-word-answer-to-what-is-a-woman.html

27/06/2022: Oz is back in the space race – a very long while since ‘Blue Streak’: https://www.skynews.com.au/business/science/nasa-launches-rockets-from-northern-territory-space-centre/video/5879fe829043008e2766d7c0b5783080

27/06/2022: The Atomic Bomb – it wasn’t just the war against Japan that the bomb ended but also the Soviet conquest of Europe: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/06/24/16-july-1945-the-day-the-a-bomb-stopped-the-war-in-europe/ 

27/06/2022: Has the great green unraveling begun? One can only hope: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/climate-pledges-vanish-in-europe/

27/06/2022: Yet another ‘aboriginal massacre’ proved an invention: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/06/risdon-cove-the-truth-massacred/

26/06/2022: Another baby mammoth – soon they will have enough of these little guys to bring them back from extinction: https://yukon.ca/en/news/mummified-baby-woolly-mammoth-found-gold-miner-klondike

26/06/2022: Perhaps getting your flu vax is a no-brainer after all: https://scitechdaily.com/flu-vaccination-linked-to-40-lower-risk-of-alzheimers-disease/

26/06/2022: Justice for Justine? Any day I expect they will declare an open season against Aussies in the US: https://pjmedia.com/culture/robert-spencer/2022/06/25/privilege-somali-cop-who-shot-unarmed-woman-in-minneapolis-to-be-released-less-than-five-years-later-n1608138

26/06/2022: Do you suppose Walt himself would support all this gay stuff? I remember both Mickey and Donald only having nephews rather than children but they did both have girlfriends (who strangely enough only had nieces): https://www.dailywire.com/news/disneys-strange-world-film-to-include-openly-gay-teen-romance & https://ace.mu.nu/archives/399695.php

25/06/2022: The sad decline of English. You can tell neither Della nor I is still there: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/06/the-vicious-circle-in-the-teaching-of-english/

25/06/2022: Great news for the deaf (like me) I don’t think. What, every time I need to change my hearing aid batteries (every few days) I will have to do so with some kind of miniature screwdriver? Great: https://www.9news.com.au/national/new-australian-laws-on-button-batteries-take-effect-today/c5053294-ebd3-48a6-a8e9-145004a69758?ocid=social-9newsP

25/06/2022: This is a British Medical Journal study: “The excess risk of serious adverse events of special interest surpassed the risk reduction for COVID-19 hospitalization relative to the placebo group in both Pfizer and Moderna trials (2.3 and 6.4 per 10,000 participants, respectively)”. Yet such dangerous vaccines were (and still are) mandated and even inflicted on children at almost zero risk from the disease itself: https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=4125239

25/06/2022: In the US they have a coalition of dark political forces people are calling the ‘Uniparty’ and which I long ago called out as ‘fascism’ which defies ‘populism’ or what we used to call ‘democracy’ ie ‘the will of the people’. We have been seeing this in Oz too with the election of the awful ‘Teals’ and ‘Greens’ to so many seats and now with the election of a ‘Labor’ Government by only 32% of voters. These are dark days my friends: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/this-is-how-democracy-dies-not-in-darkness-but-in-plain-sight-live-on-c-span/

Michael Baume explains how all is not yet lost (though it certainly seems that way): https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/business-robbery-etc-95/

Meanwhile the Supreme Court’s decision is to let the citizens decide (what the constitution intended). Of course such an ‘undemocratic’ decision will be met with violence and rioting: https://townhall.com/tipsheet/spencerbrown/2022/06/24/read-it-heres-the-supreme-courts-basis-for-overruling-roe-and-casey-n2609277

24/06/2022: Here’s a neat puzzle: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/math/a39818039/missing-square-puzzle/

24/06/2022: The Science is Proven:

24/06/2022: “No good deed goes unpunished.” Why ‘aid’ never works – a must read: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/06/a-needed-farewell-to-alms/

24/06/2022: The reality is that every day the Ukrainians are losing hundreds of soldiers. They have also irrevocably lost the East of their country which is responsible for 80% of their GDP to Russia. It will be (has already been) annexed. The Ukraine was already an economic basket case before the current war – obviously even moreso now. If what remains of it is allowed to join the EU it will be an enormous drain on its economy for decades – and a source of problems. I suspect Putin has won. It may even be that he had right on his side from the beginning, if there ever is such a thing. I have long thought that the West needed to make a rapprochement with Russia because there were worse enemies (Islam and China presently. In the future other dangers will emerge particularly in Africa): https://weltwoche.ch/daily/this-war-has-been-lost-a-long-time-ago/

23/06/2022: New York sure is a fun place – mostly because of the welfare state I suspect: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/new-york-the-jungle.html

23/06/2022: The Nanny State gone mad: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/eat-crickets-potential-victorian-ban-on-hunters-sharing-meat/

23/06/2022: Chris Bowen is simply nuts. There is no such thing as ‘firmed renewables’ and possibly never will be, however there has been cheap safe nuclear power for over 70 years: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/21/aussie-energy-minister-nuclear-advocates-are-dangerously-ignorant/

When times get tough people want coal: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/europe-wants-coal-austria-netherlands-switch-on-old-coal-plants-poland-pays-for-coal-to-homes/

23/06/2022: The greens have always been vermin. Surely one day an open season will be declared on them: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/vermin.html

22/06/2022: 10 Times Socialism Actually Worked: https://babylonbee.com/news/10-times-socialism-actually-worked

22/06/2022: Blame Trump for the recession! I notice we are starting to get the same meme from the Albanese Government here – the disasters they are currently creating were all Morrison’s fault. Of course: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/predictable-democrats-now-blame-trump-historic-inflation-numbers-video/

22/06/2022: Finally we begin to learn that the Uvalde school massacre was down to police failing to do their jobs (rather like the LIndt Café siege) or were ordered not to do their jobs. Just imagine they were standing in the corridor outside with loaded rifles and bullet-proof shields with only an unlocked door separating them from a perpetrator who was massacring children one by one: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/breaking-uvalde-official-admits-policenever-touched-door-see-locked-breached-video/

22/06/2022: We voted for this? https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/new-labor-senator-i-want-to-normalise-hijab-wearing.html

21/06/2022: Maybe they just got old – we are both having difficulty opening jars now: https://babylonbee.com/news/anthropologists-believe-that-all-female-amazon-tribe-collapsed-because-nobody-could-get-any-jars-open

21/06/2022: Good news I guess, but do I want to know – surely I just forgot where I left my keys: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-brain-scan-alzheimer-disease.html

21/06/2022: It would be very disquieting if one of the purposes of the mRNA vaccines was human sterilisation: https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/urgent-the-covid-vaccine-paper-on/comments

21/06/2022: When will Oz realize we can’t get by without fossil fuels and that huge investment is needed to replace those useless ‘renewables’ with a reliable power supply: https://www.dw.com/en/germany-to-fire-up-coal-plants-as-russia-turns-down-the-gas/a-62182321

20/06/2022: A line by line explanation of the US coup from President Trump: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/president-trumps-response-to-the-democrat-insurrectionists.html

20/06/2022: “If we want the best for our kids, we can’t outsource parenting for 40 hours a week while they turn our children into little Marxists.” – Kirk Cameron

20/06/2022: Great headline: Earth to Bowen – we need the power on 24/7: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/peta-credlin/peta-credlin-insane-energy-policy-makes-power-more-expensive-and-less-reliable/news-story/42b435abbb393f5772d55a98dc726afd  

19/06/2022: A robot in your brain: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-06-microrobot-device-brain-hemorrhages-due.html

19/06/2022: Happy 80th Paul MCCartney: https://quillette.com/2022/06/18/mccartney-at-80/ & https://pjmedia.com/columns/chris-queen/2022/06/18/happy-80th-birthday-paul-mccartney-n1606221

19/06/2022: Australian prehistory we are no longer allowed to investigate: https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-problems-of-australias-deep-past?s=w & https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-problems-of-australias-deep-past-b3d?s=w & https://stoneageherbalist.substack.com/p/the-problems-of-australias-deep-past-c2d?s=w

19/06/2022: Of course Ian Plimer is right: there has never been a single shred of evidence that human emissions cause ‘global warming’ or that it will even be (again) as warm as it was was in the Middle Ages just 500 years ago when they grew wine in Scotland and farmed in Greenland: https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/aussie-life-74/

18/06/2022: Otherwise known as ‘the blood battery’! A very good question: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/08/is-it-ethical-to-purchase-an-ev-lithium-battery-powered-vehicle/

Why not use them to back up ‘the blood panels’? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/06/bidens-blood-panels-suspect-solar-panel-import-restrictions-eased/

18/06/2022: How poor renewables really are: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/global-woe-the-transition-has-stalled-the-world-is-using-more-fossil-fuels-than-ever/

18/06/2022: Who would have thought that Keating’s introduction of compulsory superannuation would be a financial disaster: https://www.afr.com/policy/tax-and-super/would-taxpayers-be-better-off-if-superannuation-never-existed-20220617-p5aug7?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0QRrHtaIUhpzhcOzQ1aKeCi2tqXi_cnNDAGbJ8OtCPo3IUfEPUyFf8PR4#Echobox=1655449751

17/06/2022: Who would want to be a police officer in these circumstances. The policeman had to respond astonishingly quickly: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y09g2tNGHrg

17/06/2022: God is no longer a man – and other woke follies: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/catholic-mass-converting-to-celebration-of-woke-welcome-to-country-god-gets-regendered-climate-refug.html

17/06/2022: These are the guys who brought us ‘stagflation’ last time – see photo (Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden). Nothing to worry about here surely: https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2022/06/15/here-comes-stagflation-n1605413 But consider this, if Joe Biden seriously wanted to destroy America what would he be doing differently? For Oz just substitute Anthony Albanese. Just in the last 24 hours we have had a minimum wage rise of 5.2% (watch your hats folks) , the end of secure electricity and an announcement that China ‘owns’ Taiwan, and now another new insane ‘net zero’ target. These guys are bonkers or evil or both: https://issuesinsights.com/2022/06/08/if-biden-intended-to-destroy-america-what-would-he-be-doing-differently/

17/06/2022: The cost and replacement cycle of renewables is just astonishing. No way can any country afford this nonsense: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/06/16/guest-post-dr-faustus-mondays-experts-on-the-energy-crisis/

16/06/2022: One lucky cat: https://wafflesatnoon.com/cat-on-hang-glider/

16/06/2022: The engineering and economic costs of ‘green hydrogen’ make this ‘solution’ actually impossible. Think again emerald darlings: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/14/hydrogen-is-unlikely-ever-to-be-a-viable-solution-to-the-energy-storage-conundrum/

16/06/2022: Yes, “Mental Toughness is particularly worth promoting among the young, a stance that seems at least somewhat at odds with today’s self-care narrative. Says Chawla, “I would define mental toughness as grit. Tenacity. And a fairly big chunk of that is having some discipline over your own impulses—doing things even when your mind is objecting. This idea is now reviled in mainstream culture in favor of approaches such as, ‘be gentle with yourself.’ [But] if you’re always gentle with yourself you will stagnate and grow weak and fragile.” If our goal is to uphold and not erode mental toughness, it is surely unhelpful to applaud iconic role models for extolling fragility” https://quillette.com/2022/06/12/the-burden-of-the-best/

16/06/2022: Scary: Couldn’t fight our way out of a wet paper bag: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/china-rising-the-adf-have-nothing/

It is all too likely that (as we have almost always done) we are preparing for the last war but not the next: https://richardsonpost.com/adam-piggott/27408/the-paradigm-shift-in-war/

15/06/2022: F Break: F Break is at the end of ‘The Cape’ Road off the Cape Paterson Rd between Wonthaggi and Cape Paterson. This part of the world used to be a great delight but there is much development going on nowadays so it is being spoiled, alas. Still you can see it now before it is altogether ruined.

Mind you, no-one much is walking or camping along the beach itself. You can walk all the way from Phillip Island and continue on all the way to Wilsons Prom if you so desire. Along this section you will find small seeps coming out of the cliffs. These can be wiped up with a cloth, squeezed into a billy the filtered to make drinking water.

It is a very pleasant day walk from Harmers Haven to Cape Paterson where you can buy excellent counter lunches. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/06/13/f-break/

15/06/2022: Vitamin D it appears is good for many things: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/one-in-six-dementia-cases-might-be-avoided-with-vitamin-d/

15/06/2022: As energy prices rocket and shortages increase I suspect for many of us winter will mean huddling in bed together as (poor) folk have done for much of history (or die): https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/communal-sleeping-history-sharing-bed

15/06/2022: The Truth about ‘Aboriginal Culture’ – and what happened to it: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/aborigines/2022/06/the-voice-and-the-end-of-traditional-aboriginal-culture/

15/06/2022: Tough times ahead. In the US mortgage rates are now over 6% and rising, and in China there are runs on banks: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/30-year-mortgage-now-above-6/ & https://www.asiamarkets.com/chinese-banks-run/

14/06/2022: Ultralight Towel: Of course the very best ultralight towel is none at all - but you might not enjoy waiting (maybe in a cold wind) to dry off (though you will). It's not so bad in the summertime but can be a tad testy in the colder weather. The same strategy can be applied to clothes washing - and I have done so for many years, ie just put them on wet after I have washed them as best as I can in the river (without soap). Usually I manage to dry them some overnight eg with the clotheslines in my tents, but not always.

They will be dry in around fifteen minutes on your body if they are the (modern) quick-drying type. This is a fairly rigorous regime of a morning I admit. I always dress in my wet clothes immediately before I set out. You do get used to it. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/06/12/ultralight-towel/

14/06/2022: When an elephant doesn’t like you, you’d better watch out: https://www.news.com.au/technology/science/animals/elephant-tramples-woman-to-death-then-attacks-her-corpse-at-funeral/news-story/015696d8a245a347f8c7f75963dfc494

14/06/2022: There are worse things around than covid, the Black Death for example which could make a comeback anytime: https://nypost.com/2022/05/31/gruesome-nose-bleed-fever-death-toll-rises-to-at-least-18/

14/06/2022: So, do you really think Uganda should build a nuclear power station rather than a coal-fired one? (You have forgotten Idi Amin perhaps?) And they are by no means the only one. A very risky world you are building my friends. https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/uganda-to-build-east-africas-first-nuclear-power-plant/

13/06/2022: Remember ‘Mike’ the computer from Heinlein’s ‘The Moon is a Harsh Mistress’ who ‘wakes up’? Well, his name is Lamda. Seems to pass the ‘Turing Test’ as a sentient. I can’t tell. Can you? I have known any number of human beings who could not give as good an account of themselves as this. Scary stuff: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/straight-sci-fi-movie-google-suspends-engineer-sounding-alarm-companys-dangerous-sentient-ai-lamda-robot/ & https://cajundiscordian.medium.com/is-lamda-sentient-an-interview-ea64d916d917

13/06/2022: Ingenious DIY Hobo Blower Stoves: https://timtinker.com/large-single-pot-ultralight-blower-stove/ & https://timtinker.com/ultralight-wood-stove-in-a-coffee-mug/

This ultralight wood stove has been designed to burn damp, wet or frozen sticks with minimal preparation and should burn much better than natural draft stick burning stoves when using wet sticks. The blower creates a very hot fire on one end of the sticks. While providing intense cooking heat, the stove also heats and dries the incoming fuel sticks, so that they will burn easily when they enter the burn chamber adjacent to the blower air jet.

The Large/Single- ultralight blower stove rolls up to fit in its own large pot for backpacking. It will cook one large pot at a time. However, with a bit of rock trickery, it can also heat another large pot. It has an ultralight titanium body and an anodized aluminium pot. The titanium stove can be rolled up and all parts pack up inside the aluminium cooking pot. Read More: Ingenious Ultralight Blower Stoves

13/06/2022: NZ has decided to starve people to ‘save’ the planet. Not long before farming is banned altogether. The wicked witch must go: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/09/new-zealand-introduces-a-climate-change-meat-tax/

13/06/2022: During this cold wet weather it might be good to reflect that bushfire management has been hijacked by the greens so that conservation is gone for good and lives will be lost: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/06/the-incredible-international-fire-climate-conference/

13/06/2022: The Ugly Truth about electric vehicles… Raping the earth: https://www.cfact.org/2022/06/07/is-it-ethical-to-purchase-a-lithium-battery-powered-ev/

12/06/2022: DIY Fire Blower: I had been looking at some of erstwhile DIY genius Tim Tinker’s posts, eg Solar Fire Blower, Blower Stoves and USB Fire Blower so I decided to order some 5 volt laptop PC cooling fans from Aliexpress. They cost me US$1.40 each! The 3/4″ (19mm) plumbing fittings were also only 50c or so from Bunnings.

As you can see I have cut one of the fittings down then glued it with Araldite to the cooling fan. I did this so I could attach a roll-up stainless steel foil tube to it (which I did). You could just make the tube by pop-riveting it together as well as pop-riveting it to the fan. This would provide some distance from the heat of the stove you were trying to hyper-oxygenate.

Read More: DIY Fire Blower

12/06/2022: Alas, due to PC ours are no  more, but this is how India’s street dogs spend their days. I can remember when I lived in Sydney in the 1970s watching such dogs regularly catching suburban trains by themselves: https://daily.jstor.org/how-street-dogs-spend-their-days/

12/06/2022: And now for the good news: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-10902055/Are-verge-cure-cancer-week-scientists-announced-breakthroughs-vaccine.html

12/06/2022: Indeed, enough is enough. Some great suggestions here, “Four decades of failure to invest in the infrastructure needed to supply our growing population with basic services like water, power, gas and fuel while unwisely investing our limited capital in the black hole of so-called renewable energy and climate change abatement has left our economy incapable of competing with the rest of the world.” https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/australia/2022/06/broad-thoughts-on-a-better-australia/

Viv outs the energy madness pretty succinctly: https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/planned-chaos-in-australias-power-generation/

12/06/2022: More electric car nightmares – why do people even bother: https://americandigest.org/noted-in-passing-hey-lets-drive-all-the-way-from-chi-town-to-new-orleans-in-an-electric-car-itll-be-fun/

11/06/2022: It is a problem isn’t it? While I do believe people should have the option of escaping an intolerable situation (if they wish to) they certainly should not be pressured to do so: https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/the-potential-danger-of-assisted-dying/

11/06/2022: This is just about always the case with mass murderers ie they are mentally ill, give every indication they are planning to perform such gruesome acts yet nothing is done to prevent them. We already have quite sufficient laws to prevent such things without further compromising the freedoms of sane law-abiding citizens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EzgfBMVwFQ

11/06/2022: The climate disobediently keeps defying warmist doomsayer predictions. Where did this cold come from? Enjoy the snow season everyone: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/expert-scientists-wrong-again-bumper-snow-season-kicks-off-in-australia/

11/06/2022: Imagine if lithium is declared an ‘environmental hazard’ (which it clearly is – much worse than lead): https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/06/10/top-producer-albemarle-risks-shutting-german-plant-if-eu-declares-lithium-a-hazard/

10/06/2022: Just an experiment – apparently Facebook will take this cartoon down as they don’t understand satire, or are just too ‘woke’.

10/06/2022: Long since time to encourage kids to ‘look out the window’ especially at ‘the best that has been thought and said’. If teachers do not ‘lift’ children, maybe no-one will: https://nypost.com/2022/06/01/expert-idiocy-on-teaching-kids-to-read-is-beyond-comprehension/

10/06/2022: Recession. Hold your hats, here it comes folks. (And you probably voted for it). This is what you get from foolish ‘spend-a-thons’ which did nothing to mitigate a (deliberate) yet slight ‘pandemic’. To think there are millions of young people brought up with a naïve belief in socialism who have never known a recession. They have a lot to learn. Maybe time to start that veggie garden, or downsize the house and car. Ditch private education. Forget about foreign travel and eating out in restaurants: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/world-bank-signals-global-recession-saying-essentially-no-rebound-expected-several-years-average-inflation-ahead/ & https://www.cnbc.com/2022/06/08/mortgage-demand-falls-to-the-lowest-level-in-22-years.html & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/06/biden-economy-recession-way-us-gdp-six-months-row-october-2021-last-high/ & https://www.news.com.au/finance/economy/australian-economy/australian-residential-land-value-to-gdp-ratio-now-higher-than-japan-at-height-of-1989-bubble/news-story/140872e9ed0fffb9e9a544d3ed68d1fd

10/06/2022: Important thoughts about the Western – a genre I love, “But life for an average citizen of the western community—that is, apart from the railheads, cattle towns, and gold strikes—was far safer than life is today in Chicago, New York, or Baltimore… Importantly, the themes of the American West, self-reliance, individuality, cooperation, trust, perseverance and resourcefulness, remain with us as a nation—must remain, lest our culture and the history that made us, be lost. It is a history of both losers and winners, and all the many that were in-between—the survivors. It is a history that now belongs to my grandchildren and should not be forgotten or destroyed by the political ambition of lesser folk. ” https://amgreatness.com/2022/06/07/westerns-are-us/

09/06/2022: Paragliding could be fun - a young bird I guess: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/nature-is-awesome/

09/06/2022: A long trip in an EV is just about impossible (and probably always will be). You have to think about that (greater than 50%) reduction in range, then how long it takes (relatively) to fill the tank. Think of miles long queues at the roadside servos. And then if it gets very cold there will be frozen dead folks huddled in stalled EVs all along freeways. Incidentally they also ‘save’ actually zero carbon when you figure our their total ‘footprint’ – as if that mattered anyway and the world was actually (negatively) affected by CO2. It was much warmer (and colder) in the past with and without it. Think 20,000ppms during Ice Ages or the Vikings living happily in a (forested) Greenland in the Middle Ages for example. This is true: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/trip-in-ev-saves-100-but-costs-hours/

09/06/2022: Unfortunately there is an increasing need for self-protection. The boom in home security products highlights this fact. Police only ever come along and pick up the pieces. They do very little to prevent such incidents if in fact some ‘woke’ police practices don’t even encourage them. I agree that you need a weapon which will deliver multiple very damaging shots quickly. A larger caliber semi-automatic or heavier gauge shotgun are obvious choices. For everyday carry clearly a pistol would be a great idea – but we have been unable to protect ourselves in Vic for nearly a century (after having been able to do so for hundreds of years). During this time crimes against the person have increased hugely. In (future) occasions of heightened (economic) and other insecurity the situation will only worsen. The government does nothing to protect us (quite the reverse) when it denies us the opportunity and right to protect ourselves. Too often the government is the problem, not the solution: https://amgreatness.com/2022/06/07/because-the-ar-15-can-deter-a-mob/

09/06/2022: SADS = Sudden Adult Death Syndrome. This may have something to do with that sudden 21% increase in the death rate I posted about yesterday. You will be hearing more about this: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/sudden-adult-death-syndrome-because-young-people-die-just-like-that/

08/06/2022: Interesting visual illusion. I’m sure the ‘blob seems to grow for you too:

08/06/2022: Why are so many of us suddenly dying – a 21% increase in the death rate would have to be worrying, surely. No wonder the hospitals and ambulances are overwhelmed: https://alexberenson.substack.com/p/overall-deaths-in-australia-where?s=r I guess over 1,000 excess deaths in Vic so far this year. Not so many as the 1919 ‘swine flu’ perhaps but when we add up the totals world-wide for this artificial bioweapon (when the final tallies are in – whenever) we will see many millions – all down to the CCP and their ‘running dogs ‘ in the ‘capitalist’ West who sought to profiteer and/or gain prominence via them.

08/06/2022: I always find Bettina Arndt to be interesting and refreshing, “Somehow, we need to convince Coalition politicians that they have long been bleeding votes from ordinary folk who have had a gutful of seeing women endlessly privileged whilst the men they love, their fathers, sons, brothers, and friends, are pushed to the back of the bus and at every point denied fair treatment” https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/pandering-to-women-wont-save-the-libs/

08/06/2022: Stranger and stranger: Apparently the BBC has some difficulty with the concept that if you are a lesbian you can be raped by a ‘woman’ with a penis: https://spectator.com.au/2022/06/rape-victims-testimony-changed-to-avoid-misgendering-attacker/

07/06/2022: Oldest most famous baby passes: https://www.yahoo.com/news/ann-turner-cook-original-gerber-165519712.html

07/06/2022: 1,000 Starships to Mars. Elon thinking big. Maybe time you read Kim Stanley Robinson’s ‘Mars’ Trilogy too ($6.52 from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Mars-Trilogy-Book-ebook/dp/B000QCS914) : https://www.theepochtimes.com/musk-plans-to-build-1000-starships-to-transport-1-million-people-to-mars-a-fleet-of-modern-noahs-arks_4513578.html

07/06/2022: The covid death data is very strange (https://www.covid19data.com.au/deaths). For example, can anyone explain why Vic has (if anything) a higher death toll than NSW and indeed nearly half the nation’s daily toll whilst having only one quarter of the population? Is maybe Dan’s wonderful Health Dept not doing such a great job? Indeed, could more be done to reduce this awful toll? Is there any reason really for not ensuring  that people have adequate Vitamin D and Zinc levels or are treated expeditiously with Iodine (nasal spray and gargle) on earliest infection and with Ivermectin, Hydrpxychloroquine etc to reduce these terrible numbers. Could Dan actually want us dead? We are up to an average of nearly 20 a day in Vic now (an annualised toll of over 7,000!) https://infogram.com/1pk2mjgqvrqwv0t9r2nn6k3qnlb51w6gdg

07/06/2022: The WEF, “You’ll Own Nothing. And You’ll Be Happy.” So full of creepy ideas (and people of Scottish backgrounds!) Let’s cancel this awful talkfest: https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/top-10-creepiest-and-most-dystopian-things-pushed-world-economic-forum-wef

06/06/2022: Amazing behaviour from bison – I have witnessed similar ‘grieving’ with our sheep. They are not ‘just dumb animals’: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twN5udogfwc&t=67s

06/06/2022: What sort of state/world are we living in where 2537 children are being completely neglected and 65 have even died? It is easy enough to fix this. It does not need a huge injection of cash, just a return to common sense: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/concerning-backlog-impacting-vulnerable-victorian-kids/news-story/4f36dd5a2745085ed5fdb55430169148

06/06/2022: This young ‘lady’ is going to find getting ‘dates’ a whole lot harder: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/police-courts-victoria/how-class-snobbery-put-a-tradie-on-trial-for-rape/news-story/d03a9e95bda665418305749389cf8119

06/06/2022: This is bizarre: Why for the UN is one mosque massacre so much worse than countless church massacres? When Moslems have killed 60,000 Christians over the last ten years: https://richardsonpost.com/raymond-ibrahim/27256/which-massacre-is-more-important/ Here is (just) the latest massacre in Nigeria (alone) https://torontosun.com/news/crime/at-least-50-killed-in-massacre-at-catholic-church-in-southwest-nigeria Another 50 people dead. If you Google ‘massacre in Nigeria’ you will see that this is by no means a rare occurrence.

05/06/2022: Taking ‘bending over backwards’ to new extremes: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/a-mongolian-contortionist-broke-the-guinness-world-record-by-performing-the-marinelli-bend-for-over-four-minutes/

05/06/2022: A mother showed the kind of courage (and rationality) the police are paid for. Listen to what she says: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/06/guts-plus-mum-should-be-compulsory-viewing-for-all-police-recruits.html

05/06/2022: The whole green energy boondoggle is a dangerous fantasy: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2022/06/green-energy-chickens-coming-home-roost-bruce-thornton/ & https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/06/australian_voters_have_set_themselves_up_for_a_green_nightmare.html

05/06/2022: Tiananmen Square Massacre 33 years ago today: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/tiananmen-square-massacre-33-years-ago-today/ Today the CCP dictatorship (and its ‘running dogs’ – such as Albo) are as dominant as ever.

04/06/2022: Why did ‘global warming’ stop as long ago as last century. It’s such a spoil-sport. At least it could wait around until all the suicidal economic measures fail to have any effect: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/evidence-suggests-global-warming-ran-steam-years-ago-experts-argue-global-temps-remained-flat-20-years/

04/06/2022: Demographic change is a killer. Actually I am astonished that ‘average’ family incomes anywhere are nearly $120K – where did we miss out? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/progressive-parties-are-the-party-of-the-rich/

04/06/2022: The US government has been arming Ukraine, because they're allies. The US government has been seeking to disarm Russia, because they're opponents. In totally unrelated news, the US government seeks to disarm you.” Spike Cohen.

04/06/2022: “It follows that, if it happened now, net zero emissions would result in death by starvation of several billion people.” John Reid: https://blackjay.net.au/managing-austerity/

03/06/2022: Happy Birthday Pebbles: https://www.foxnews.com/lifestyle/south-carolina-dog-oldest-living-world

03/06/2022: Hundreds of elderly patients are presenting and many dying from hypothermia (in their own homes) in Melbourne because they cannot afford heating due to the Teal/Green ‘climate’ policies. This evil has to stop: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-vulnerable-suffering-at-hands-of-climate-catastrophists/news-story/1f6e7d60ff14b3f37989a79ff294d011

Now Dan’s fracking ban starts to bite as well: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/victorias-gas-supply-problem-wont-go-away-quickly-according-to-industry-leader/news-story/95eac6f7a18e3ef5cf1a77813fa7ae16

03/06/2022: Once we could have saved ourselves in 15 years – now, I’m not so sure. We have not trained a single nuclear engineer this century: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/amazing-what-the-west-could-do-france-went-from-0-to-56-nuclear-reactors-in-just-15-years/

03/06/2022: Yes, when 19 people are murdered the real facts are important: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/tucker-some-things-in-uvalde-dont-make-sense/

02/06/2022: Go, Johnny, Go: https://www.skynews.com.au/world-news/united-states/johnny-depp-wins-defamation-case-against-amber-heard/video/a0422c89d6581ff7dabcfaa6e3391b81

02/06/2022: Divide and rule in ‘Paradise’: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/samoa-signs-bilateral-cooperation-agreement-with-china-backs-china-on-taiwan.html

02/06/2022: A painful birth? Is there anything you can not do to ‘save the planet’: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/follow-the-science-painful-births-might-improve-the-weather-if-we-go-anesthetic-free-will-we-hold-back-the-tide/

02/06/2022: Auron MacIntyre’s ‘Rise of the Midwits’ is an astonishing revelation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9agM261CSJU&t=549s

01/06/2022: Even France is now running on low, like the rest of Europe (and Oz) – and all for the same silly reasons (climate etc). Our parents realized that the foundation of their prosperity was cheap and abundant energy – why can’t we figure that out any more: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/06/half-the-french-nuclear-fleet-is-down/

01/06/2022: After the sausage finally dies… “land no longer needed for meat production could be used towards progressive ends, such as the creation of worker-owned farms, returning land to Indigenous nations and peoples, rewilding, and other conservation uses” It is unclear though whether these good folk will be paying us for our Jeeralang hills or whether anyone else actually wants to do the work of looking after them: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/31/the-misguided-meat-vortex/

01/06/2022: Why can’t the folk of Melbourne. Kooyong etc who actually vote for this renewables craze actually have them in their neighbourhood and have to gain all their energy from them: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/31/gee-whiz-residents-do-not-like-wind-turbines-ee-news-report/

01/06/2022: It is a very different ‘diverse’ Australia to the one I grew up in – see pic. Only one blonde (maybe from a bottle?) out of 22. Let’s hope those (10?) ‘diverse’ folks really are the very best that Australia has on offer. Does anyoe else really believe that: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/32-sorry-therapeutic-albo-2-out-of-3-aussies-dont-want-you.html BTW: Will Albo’s anti-corruption commission finally arrest and gaol Gillard, Wilson and Shorten for example? Don’t hold your breath!

31/05/2022: Destroying a 1,000 year old forest to build wind turbines to protect us from an imaginary (CO2) threat makes me both sad and angry: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/cult-of-green-because-no-1000-year-old-forest-is-complete-without-industrial-wind-turbines/

31/05/2022: Undoubtedly the worst thing the Liberal Party has done recently is to expel Bernie Finn. It needs more such principled conservatives, not fewer. The National’s dumping of Barnaby is another such folly: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/05/a-tough-week-to-be-a-victorian-liberal/

31/05/2022: 14 lessons from the Uvalde tragedy: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/wayne-root-14-lessons-every-conservative-patriot-learned-tragic-texas-school-shooting-hint-democrats-will-shocked-horrified/ Even more significantly: https://nypost.com/2022/05/27/we-overlook-a-significant-factor-in-mass-shootings-fatherlessness/?utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=android_nyp

Of course schools can be protected (like banks): https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/05/there_is_a_way_to_stop_school_shootings.html

31/05/2022: Heinlein’s crazy years: Man dressed as woman in wheelchair shouting "think of the earth" hurls cake at Mona Lisa painting.

30/05/2022: Not nearly enough data (yet) really – eg the average age/health status of the victims. Still 1740 dead this year (only four months of 2022) is a lot: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/coronavirus/professor-peter-doherty-theres-no-zero-baseline-for-determining-vaccine-efficacy/news-story/cab6080a3d67b4590d80770cb4890629 The greatest wickedness is that (still) long-established prevention and treatment are not being widely used. These elderly people are often still poor in zinc and Vitamin D for example which would help prevent respiratory infections. They also do not have access to cheap effective remedies as the first line of action ie, Betadine nasal spray and gargle (to reduce viral load) and eg ivermectin and/or hydroxychloroquine which have both been shown in hundreds of studies to reduce illness and death rates.

30/05/2022: Cannon-Brookes really intends to close down the remaining coal-fired electricity generators ASAP. He has clearly got control of AGL today. This is the same strategy which eliminated the mountain cattlemen in Vic, ie basically greens buying up assets then closing them down. Unless there is public or government intervention (unlikely now) this will quickly result in electricity shortages and economic collapse which will blight the rest of our lives. Wake up Australia. The Teal-Green enemy is inside the gates.

30/05/2022: God (or the Govt) help us if MIT don’t know:To enable economical long-duration energy storage (> 12 hours), the DOE should support research, development, and demonstration to advance alternative electrochemical storage technologies that rely on earth-abundant materials. Cost, lifetime, and manufacturing scale requirements for long-duration energy storage favor the exploration of novel electro-chemical technologies, such as redox-flow and metal-air batteries that use inexpensive charge-storage materials and battery designs that are better suited for long-duration applications. (Emphasis in original.). The feds will “support research” into “novel technologies,” of course using the infinite money pile, and the technology will magically appear. And what exactly is the technology that will then emerge to rescue us? They have no idea” : https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2022-5-26-mit-weighs-in-on-energy-storage (Long) before you decide to mandate something you need to know that is actually feasible. To power a large city (new York, Melbourne etc) for a solar and wind drought of eg a week (a regular occurrence) you would need a battery a cubic kilometer (or so) in dimension. Imagine the fire if such a battery ignited! But where would you access the materials to build such a battery, how long would it last, how reliable would it be – and how much would it cost? This needs to be compared with the alternatives, eg new fossil or nuclear powered stations.

29/05/2022: Another problem with electric windows. I think people are just too enamoured of electrical gadgets. I predict that the fear of being incinerated/drowned will seriously affect the uptake of electric vehicles: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/tesla-catches-fires-at-intersection/

29/05/2022: Still (Always?) playing ‘catch-up’ on Defence: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/if-threats-of-a-pacific-war-became-reality-how-prepared-is-australia/news-story/b77751f7d2b40b06be70e5f60695b1bf

29/05/2022: How much truth is there in the story of North Korea’s low covid fatality rate: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/north-korea-accused-lying-tiny-covid-death-rate-urging-public-treat-symptoms-tea-salt-water-ibuprofen/

29/05/2022: One week out and the Labor Party still doesn’t have a majority. It is looking more like an awful Labor-Greens coalition: https://tallyroom.aec.gov.au/HousePartyRepresentationLeading-27966.htm

28/05/2022: Fawcett’s lost cities of the Amazon really did exist: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lost-cities-of-the-amazon-discovered-from-the-air-180980142/

28/05/2022: If only we were a little more like Finland: https://www.rferl.org/a/finland-russia-nato-analysis/31869756.html

28/05/2022: Forget about giving more power to commie shill Tedros: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/who-chief-wants-to-run-the-world-for-china-biden-boris-albanese-is-ok-with-that-but-africa-puts-the-brakes-on/ & https://www.facebook.com/100059886518825/videos/584238123039468

28/05/2022: In Oz our security services manage to prevent many of these horrific incidents because just like these latest two incidents in the US there is frequently prior warning, but we are now 24 hour surveilling around 1,000 folk (that we have been told about): https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/retired-federal-agent-regular-communication-buffalo-shooter-may-advance-notice-gendrons-plans-murder-black-people/ & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/two-unnamed-boys-age-shooter-arrested-2018-planning-columbine-style-shooting-uvalde-school-2022/

Wow! That was close! What a hero though: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/photos-of-off-duty-border-agent-who-killed-salvador-ramos/

27/05/2022: A Japanese man now identifies as a dog – you can be whatever you like: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpyUgXyTXhc

27/05/2022: What the world ‘needs’ right now – a carbon footprint tracker and carbon ‘rationing’, but not of course if you need a personal jet to fly to Davos: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/alibaba-president-shares-world-economic-forum-carbon-footprint-tracker-technology-individuals/ Remember back in 1972 when we had ‘just’ 10 years to save the planet: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/climate-nazi-wants-to-track-your-climate-footprint/

27/05/2022: You thought it was over? https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/south-australia-has-gone-mad/ PS: You can now have Novavax as a booster if you refuse mRNA vaccines.

27/05/2022: Realistically the DIY FGC-9 semi-automatic spelled the end for gun control measures. Mental health measures (as well as better - especially school - security) might just be more useful in preventing awful disasters like Uvalde. We are not immune here in Oz: https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/building-the-fgc-9-getting-started-with-3d-printing-part-1/ Imagine there being no-one (and no thing) in the school to prevent (or respond to) such an event. Imagine also the police waiting outside preventing eg parents from entering – remember the Lindt Café siege -  (for an hour) while the maniac murdered the children until he was shot by an off-duty border officer!

See Also: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/truecrimeaustralia/crime-gangs-build-untraceable-ghost-guns-including-glocks-and-semiautomatic-rifles/news-story/55261a15255e934f18b3a2a717136e7d

26/05/2022: The Thanatosdrakon “dragon of death’ with a 30 foot (10 metre) wingspan – sure glad this guy isn’t still around here: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/05/24/argentina-scientists-discover-dragon-of-death-fossil/8821653431164/

26/05/2022: Can you believe Bob Dylan is 81? Oh, we are getting ancient here at Jeeralang Junction too: https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/05/not-dark-yet-contd-6.php 

26/05/2022: More about the Jan 6 conspiracy – the USA really did suffer a coup in 2020: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/its-the-cover-up-that-gives-it-away-the-jan-6-rioters-the-fbi-dont-want-to-catch/

26/05/2022: The tyranny of climate compliance: The cheapest new car in Australia (at present ie May 2022) is the Mitsubishi Mirage (Drive away A$17490) approx 700 km range: https://www.carexpert.com.au/car-news/the-10-cheapest-cars-on-sale-in-australia Say you drove it for twenty years (300,000km) then threw it away. Annual (capital) cost is $1500 per year. Most of us can afford that. For comparison, the Jones family ‘normally’ buy a second-hand (often damaged eg by hail) car for around $1500 with around 150,000km on the clock. We usually have little trouble driving them for a further 150,000 km (or ten years!) without spending any money except on tyres, oil, spark plugs, filters, brake pads, shockers perhaps – all work done myself. I have a paddock full of them as proof! They are probably still worth $500-$1000 so let’s say an annual cost of approx $100 per year – at most $150! We have been doing that for forty+ years! The cheapest electric car in Australia is the Renault Zoe at $40990 plus on road costs so approx $44,000 drive away (Range maybe 300 km). Of course there will never be ‘cheap’ second-hand electric cars because once the battery needs replacing it is ‘cheaper’ to replace the car! It is unlikely you will get more than ten years out of the battery anyway so the annual cost of an electric car is $5000 per year, around 50 times what we normally spend! Apart from not being able to afford electricity, cooking or heating (and probably food) ordinary people are not going to be able to afford personal transport under the teal-green agenda.

25/05/2022: Cats: I have been wondering about them. We haven’t had one for very many years ourselves (though I quite like them personally) and also have a vermin-proof fence so foxes are excluded (even though I admire foxes but do not appreciate them eg eating all our lambs). Like everyone else we have had a rodent plague (especially this year) which other predators (owls, hawks etc) have not kept up with. I have been wondering whether the ‘demonisation’ of cats is at all justified. A few years ago I discovered (evidence from the WA government’s cat and fox baiting strategy)  that targeting foxes alone ended up causing a larger (90%!) drop in native critters (because of the build up of cats whom foxes also predate) than actually doing nothing. This rather surprised me. Over there they decided to target both together and developed a bait for cats (unavailable in the East apparently). I have always noticed that cats kill a really lot of rodents – at least ten times (I reckon) the number of birds they also unfortunately do take (one of the reasons we don’t have one). However, we have had this dreadful build-up of rodents and possums (and because someone is feeding them) of kookaburras. All these things are known dreadful predators of birds. Many small birds have almost disappeared from our garden (despite the vermin-proof fence). Eg we have not seen a wagtail for nearly two years. The last one/s we saw were disappearing down the maw of the kookaburras. I am actually wondering whether the anti-cat strategy is actually harming birds because of the build-up of these other nasty predators which cats would help to control. Rats and possums (particularly) eat a huge number of eggs and baby birds. PS: I notice the emerald folk are now calling for the banning of rodent poisons – if successful, that should add a further disastrous element to this ecological apocalypse! I really hope Australia doesn’t become like NZ (where they now have less then 1% of the native bird population they once had) through misplaced ‘conservation’ strategies.

25/05/2022: Apparently there are people who didn't realise this was satire.


25/05/2022: Another Earth – maybe somewhere to go to get away from this mess: https://www.sci-nature.com/2022/05/its-official-astronomers-have.html?fbclid=IwAR3zPXnPmL5ewNYo3fxIxfmkCZ-3Yefg6YlV8yzp9q9l-5tp0tFPYHSSwlU

25/05/2022: Demographic change is a killer – in the long run it will be more of a killer for Labor if  the Libs decide to man up and concentrate on winning the hearts and minds of real working Australians, “the Coalition now holding 16 of the 20 poorest federal seats. From the UK to the US and in Australia the rich are voting for Leftist options while the working and middle class are turning to conservative parties. In Australia Labor holds more of the top 20 wealthiest electorates than the Liberal party while the Coalition dominates in the seats with the lowest average household incomes.

These are people who weren’t born into wealth but work hard to create financial security for their families. They care about energy costs more than emission targets. They care about their children being properly educated rather than indoctrinated in school. They love their country and are not embarrassed by it like so many privileged and self-loathing Greens and teals” https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-the-teal-mps-were-expecting-to-wield-enormous-power-but-are-now-redundant/news-story/9d77556decdce4322387d36109d00221

25/05/2022: Astonishing: Australia is already well ahead of net zero yet for bizarre ideological reasons we must suffer more. Australia already sequesters some five times as much carbon dioxide as it emits. A genuine scientist (Prof Ian Plimer) explains in great detail how this works: https://spectator.com.au/2022/05/australia-is-already-at-net-zero/ (PS: You may have to get a (free for three articles per week ) subscription to read this.

24/05/2022: The Liberals were warned (repeatedly), ‘Go Woke, Go Broke!’ Why you should subscribe to The Spectator even just the free to read three articles per week edition (however it only costs $4 a week for full digital access). If you had you would have received this (Double Shot) gem today by Alexandra Marshall,

“The Liberals were warned (repeatedly), ‘Go Woke, Go Broke!’ If nothing else, this federal election served as a reckoning against the soggy, wet, gangrenous Liberals sitting in wealthy Sydney seats. The ‘we’re so much smarter than everyone else’ MPs who ran election campaigns that looked as if they were copied straight off the Climate 200 website lost en masse. The Sharmas, Zimmermans, and Frydenbergs.

    As for voters, what happened on Saturday was entirely predictable. It has long been said that Climate Change is a death cult. Its architects have spent years terrifying children and guilt-tripping their wealthy parents. The only thing left to do was sit this guilt-ridden privileged class in front of a polling booth and offer them a way to ‘virtue signal’ out of sin. It was like dropping a coin into the collection plate. One vote – guaranteed saviour status. The consequence of this selfish action will be felt by the poorer electorates next door who already struggle to afford the necessary energy to heat their homes in the freezing Winter that isn’t supposed to exist.

    All of us must pay extra tax to sate the original sin of fantasy climate guilt, but when the apocalypse fails to manifest and all the sacred relics and priests are de-frocked, a different sort of blue sea will rise. Editor Rowan Dean said it best on Sunday morning, ‘Scott Morrison and the Coalition did not lose government last night. They lost it on November 1 last year, when Scott Morrison stood in front of an adoring crowd of climate cultists in Glasgow and committed Australia to the ridiculous pledge of “Net Zero by 2050”.’

    Conservatives have tough years ahead of them, but according to some commentators, this may have been the election they needed to lose in order to expel the wets and rebuild the base. As for the Teals, Greens, and Labor, the problem with building the foundation of a political party on a fiction with an imminent deadline is that the deadline will come to pass – and then what? As Andrew L. Urban writes, Climate Change is the wolf that isn’t there. While Climate Change’s use-by date sits a few years off, Kristina Keneally finally failed her way into oblivion (we hope), managing to lose one of the safest Labor seats around. Thank heavens for small miracles”.

You would also be able to read this subsequent excellent piece by Alexandra: https://spectator.com.au/2022/05/decarbonising-the-liberal-moderates/?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MDS%20%2020220523%20%20GK&utm_content=MDS%20%2020220523%20%20GK+CID_e903cc33f023769f15f174016ae820a0&utm_source=CampaignMonitor_Australia&utm_term=De-carbonising%20the%20Liberal%20moderates

24/05/2022: Steve Kates is also always worth a read. I particularly liked his quote from ‘Bruce’ from Newcastle today, “Unfortunately to some extent both parties are channeling the insanity of the voters. I was reflecting last night that I’ve been opposing the climate craze for nearly 15 years now, and in that time it has just gotten worse and worse. There’s still nothing much happening in the real world – no actual global warming, none of the dire prognostications. Yet this election is a choice between the totally bonkers Libs and the beyond insane Labor Party. Both are falling over themselves to destroy our country for a myth.

That’s because the voters demand this stupidity. The MSM demands it. The whole of the nation is stuck in a lemming-like race to disaster which only a literal disaster will crack the people out of.

The Covid arc illustrates this. You had guys like McGowan immensely popular for converting his entire state into a prison camp to save the people from a virus so innocuous that people often don’t know they have it. It took two years of disaster – closed businesses, lost jobs, lockdowns, vaccine injuries, masking and elderly parents dying alone for the people to suddenly, overnight, get over it. Now the pollies don’t mention the virus and it’s like it never existed.

The people haven’t yet gotten to this point on the climate scam, but they will once the pain really amps up. Which it is just starting to, particularly electricity and fuel prices. But with the elites all Believing like religious fanatics even that’s not going to be enough. Saving the world syndrome is a very powerful hubristic drug. It may take a full-on political apocalypse to stop these people saving us from an apocalypse which isn’t happening”: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/05/22/about-as-bad-as-it-could-have-been/

24/05/2022: You have some power after all, How to hide your house on every map app: https://www.popsci.com/diy/hide-home-map-apps/

24/05/2022: Already – a link between Monkeypox and the Wuhan lab: https://thenationalpulse.com/2022/05/22/wuhan-assembled-monkeypox-strains/

23/05/2022: The Life & Adventures of John Nicol Mariner, 1822. You should read this (for free) He came on the Lady Juliana (1791) so has interesting first hand observations of early Sydney Town, particularly the behaviour of our ‘indigenous’ denizens whom he found utterly reprehensible: https://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks16/1600031h.html

23/05/2022: They told us this?

23/05/2022: A (bare) majority Labor government with less than one-third of the primary vote! I  think this though really was ‘the elephant in the room’. There was zero mention during the election campaign about the ‘climate’. Had there been the outer-suburbanites and rural folk who need to be able to drive cars, have electricity, air cons, wood fires, sheep and cattle and maybe a holiday somewhere else some day would have shouted a big negative ‘No!’ against the greens and like-minded dim-witted people, just as they did when Tony famously admitted that ‘climate change is bullshit’ – as it is. We need a seismic shift to the right in politics, and a lot more truth. Perhaps now the Libs have divested themselves of most of their green fifth columnists it may happen. The older I get the less I want to live in what the world has become. : https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/the-secret-climate-election-we-didnt-know-we-had/

22/05/2022: Should we send them a reply? https://notthebee.com/article/fifty-years-ago-astronomers-detected-what-is-considered-the-best-evidence-of-an-alien-radio-signal-from-space-now-one-astronomer-says-he-may-have-found-out-where-it-came-from

22/05/2022: Monkeypox (a smallpox variant). Is it another ‘gay plague? Anyway the WHO missed it: https://thehill.com/news/ap/ap-health/monkeypox-spreads-in-west-baffling-african-scientists/amp/

Just so sanitary. Forget hand sanitisers and masks: https://www.thesun.co.uk/health/18646557/monkeypox-outbreak-europe-cases-island-festival/

22/05/2022: Remember how they tried organic agriculture in Sri Lanka (and starved)? Imagine what would happen if we abolished farming altogether, but under the teal-greens such a scenario is all too likely. I can’t imagine managing our steep hillsides without sheep – or what more useful product could be produced from them. The good news from the election fiasco is that the ‘conservative’ side of politics has actually lost all its most ‘green’ members. It will not take long for the resultant ‘government ‘disasters to convince the public that a move to the right is what is needed. Expect the next government (after Albanese) to completely reject this green madness: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10828875/George-Monbiot-says-farming-ABOLISHED-save-planet.html


Will our next PM be Dutton or Hastie?


21/05/2022: The ‘democracy snags’ at Yinnar were so good I may go back and vote again a couple of more times. In retrospect I see I should have bought a lot more of them – before they are banned because…cooked on gas, made from beef, methane emissions, etc, etc


21/05/2022: It begins - if you haven't voted yet , do so now. Remember back in 2013 (under Labor) how there were over 100 illegals arriving every single day. since Scott not a single one: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/federal-election/federal-election-2022-live-updates-from-key-electorates-polling-booths/live-coverage/2848ff10c6528c74baf9a400c613af24

21/05/2022: The Voyage of Pytheas: https://www.ancientpages.com/2021/05/29/pytheass-voyage-to-the-arctic-in-325-b-c-and-account-of-thule-the-strange-land-beyond/?fbclid=IwAR0WGF4bVpsLtXjIVqSf8qGdcJ8b1qsP1qLBb7Bq-4AsUx0a-gXiXP-uYDs

21/05/2022: Just a nonsense idea in the first place. We have been able to manage (approx 50-80 year) rotation of sustainable logging in state forests for 150 years whilst preserving the very critters which are now being moved into ‘National Parks’ protection just to be destroyed by vicious uncontrolled wildfires. The greenies really do hate the bush: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/110m-plantation-bid-fails-victorias-timber-shortage-to-worsen/news-story/f9d63028249a536e6acc44832b962f04

21/05/2022: That was a good idea then (This is no ‘junk’ study either). New Study Finds mRNA Vaccines Actually Hurt Long-Term Immunity to Covid Compared to the Unvaccinated: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/new-study-finds-mrna-vaccines-actually-hurt-long-term-immunity-covid-compared-unvaccinated/

Furthermore those awful masks actually increased your risk of death. Great: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/another-study-confirms-wearing-masks-increases-infection-covid/

21/05/2022: Even on election eve the almost the largest single voting bloc is people who say “a pox on both your houses”. 29%. A record by a long shot. Neither the pollsters nor anyone else can say where all these people's preferences will end up. I am one of them and I know but there are several million others and only a handful of us need to swing one way or another. It is obvious to me that we cannot risk another government dominated by the Green nightmare but it will be an interesting night tonight: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/election-day-anything-but-the-uniparty-majors-a-record-29-of-australians-want-another-choice/ One thing I note, the changes to the Senate voting system (clearly intended to make it harder for minor parties to obtain a ‘quota’) could just as easily lead to the last couple of Senate places failing to get a quota at all! So what happens when (after successive half-Senate elections) the Senate is still undecided? I for one am heartily sick of the two major parties colluding in this way (as they have with several changes to the voting system over the last few years) to ensure that one or other of them has to form government. Such collusion is in fact fascism.

Unfortunately Steve Kates is right. Let’s hope he is not also a Cassandra: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/05/21/it-would-be-a-madness-to-allow-labor-to-govern-if-it-is-at-all-possible-to-prevent-it/

20/05/2022: Soon from Apple ‘augmented reality’ ie the reality they want you to see: https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/19/apple-gave-mixed-reality-headset-demo-to-board-of-directors-report.html

20/05/2022: How would we fare in an intergalactic war? I think Stephen Hawking was right – we should keep a low profile: https://interestingengineering.com/how-to-stop-alien-invasion

20/05/2022: After electing left-wing governments in the US they are having critical food shortages (eg baby formula) & in Sri Lanka they have not only food shortages and economic collapse but have also run out of fuel. And just look at what has happened to US borders. We will also be back to hundreds of illegal immigrants a day coming (folks who demand welfare) instead of legal migrants who are employed and pay taxes: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2022/05/18/border-arrests-rise-to-234000-in-april-n1598961

Do you want a liar as PM, someone who isn’t even eligible to stand (because of his dual citizenship): https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/the-abc-publishes-photo-of-mr-and-mrs-carlo-albanese-to-help-their-son-with-section-44-citizenship-d.html  Someone who has never had a job (other than with the left wing of the Labor Party)? https://spectator.com.au/2022/05/history-stands-against-albanese/

20/05/2022: So it seems our ‘masters’ pocket huge sums in Swiss bank accounts so Pfizer & etc can experiment on us: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/would-350-million-from-big-pharma-be-enough-to-buy-fauci-and-nih-approval-who-knows-its-a-secret/

19/05/2022: When a frog tries to mate with your boot we know something is wrong but when a human male tries to mate with someone other than a female we see it as the ‘new normal’. Oh come on: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/frogs-keep-mating-with-the-wrong-things/ar-AAXnLCy?ocid=BingNews

19/05/2022: Elon will need to get a much better bargain if he buys Twitter: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/quick-tell-the-investors-twitter-is-a-kindergarten-for-communists-not-there-to-make-profits/

19/05/2022: This ‘pandemic treaty’ will end our national sovereignty and hand control of us over to faceless WHO bureaucrats – not to mention the CCP: Australia set to sign Geneva’s Global Pandemic Treaty | The Spectator Australia & https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/another-un-who-power-grab-global-pandemic-treaty-is-a-trillion-dollar-business-deal/

Notice how the WHO has stopped the spread of monkey pox for example: https://www.euronews.com/next/2022/05/18/monkeypox-what-we-know-so-far-about-the-smallpox-like-virus-detected-in-the-uk

19/05/2022: Morrison on Government: “It’s time to get the hell out, time for you to get your life back. You’re in charge again, you’re back in the driver’s seat, you’re sick to death of state governments and everyone else telling you what to do.” Exactly. You know that’s all you’ll get with the socialists. A reminder: Penny Wong as Number 2! “Australia did better than any comparable advanced country through the pandemic, with the lowest fatality rates, the fastest economic recovery, and has one of the lowest inflation rates at a time of rising costs of living globally.That doesn’t happen by accident…You just have to see the disasters Joe Biden has wrought in America after 16 months to see how fast an incompetent government can wreck your life.https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/miranda-devine-scott-morrison-could-see-winston-churchills-fate/news-story/c94d3746b56d93a8662999db3eccdd13

18/05/2022: Is it a doorway on Mars – sure looks like one but they would have to be tiny people. Nature is full of surprises: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/nasa-rover-spots-a-doorway-on-mars/

18/05/2022: When diversity isn’t so good: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/05/diversity_isnt_always_good.html

18/05/2022: Classic Albo: “I don’t run away from Press Conferences": https://scontent.fmel16-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t42.1790-4/280784471_1160895668077891_6343683890560388774_n.mp4?_nc_cat=107&ccb=1-6&_nc_sid=985c63&efg=eyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9&_nc_ohc=7Gdpg9o657kAX_rRC_E&_nc_ht=scontent.fmel16-1.fna&edm=AN6CN6oEAAAA&oh=00_AT8Q1doIlHNZcxT8M0yhvenJI6QvZy_rxyfGyb26L-tDlw&oe=62844D38

18/05/2022: Long-term climate data such as the Central England temperature Series (1661-2021) clearly shows there is no ‘climate crisis’ – indeed no man-made climate change at all: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/17/wuwt-contest-runner-up-general-is-there-really-a-climate-crisis/

18/05/2022: Choose freedom not socialist control on Saturday. Surely you recall the difference in approach between the Liberal and Labor states over covid (NSW vs Vic for example) . Dictator Dan here in Vic is just Anthony Albanese writ small if we give him the power federally: https://www.afr.com/policy/economy/we-re-all-paying-for-a-new-world-of-big-government-20220512-p5akua?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=nc&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR1AzB6yMM3S6fOw4st69MPUCMkkVpoEne8gfh7L3nHFPMMmzK6tL-zI-98#Echobox=1652428920 I liked Tony Abbott’s new motto over the weekend: Vote Lib for “lower taxes, more freedom, better defence”.

17/05/2022: What a gutless incompetent tool Albo is – he won’t release his costings (Thursday) until the Libs can’t reply with any advertising about it. How contemptuous of the Australian people can you get? https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/anthony-albanese-grilled-by-reporters-over-transparency-around-budget-deficit-before-scrambling-out-of-press-conference/news-story/878123cb0767e71870605423c041237e

17/05/2022: Food shortages – something real to worry about for once: https://www.foxbusiness.com/economy/india-bans-wheat-exports-food-security-threat

17/05/2022: It’s not just his memory: Albo is seriously dumb and just can’t do sums. Why would you want this retard in charge of your country? https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10817387/Anthony-Albanese-confuses-minimum-pay-rise-1-hour-1-week.html?ito=social-facebook_Australia&fbclid=IwAR0we-rC_mnPMMqnVsYGBuqPS90n6IlIB-_lW8eH4GxVoqn6mGFY9s_s-YM

17/05/2022: Sky News host Sharri Markson says this election is “neck and neck” and it is not a “certain victory” for Labor.  I hope she is right: https://www.skynews.com.au/opinion/sharri-markson/this-election-is-neck-and-neck-sharri-markson/video/b998882dfcaf5b77218361945fad755d

17/05/2022: The Buffalo Shooter’s Manifesto. This stuff is scary, but one cannot help but notice that it is also a frightening response to ‘multiculturalism’ and other such social experiments aimed at the break-down of what had been our civilization to this point (the Western tradition, the rule of law, Christianity, the family, etc). ‘Other races’ are not the issue but ‘other cultures’ or the decline of culture and civilization generally. He is without a doubt (like Tarrant, etc) a creature of the extreme Left though he has been characterised (as is also usually the case) as ‘right-wing’. He went to the supermarket to shoot ‘black’ people but ended up shooting ‘whites’ as well. NB though this guy threatened such an attack nearly a year ago – ergo, it should have been prevented. Mainly (by a long way) you should realize it is blacks (and Moslems) shooting other people though. Much less is made of such devastating events: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/mass-shooting-at-buffalo-supermarket/ & https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/05/15/heres-what-the-buffalo-shooters-alleged-manifesto-actually-says-n1597997 

This guy is quite right though – such crimes certainly merit the death penalty, quickly and without undue fanfare: https://www.city-journal.org/execute-buffalo-shooter

16/05/2022: A million-fold increase in computer speeds would see the human race become redundant: https://scitechdaily.com/laser-pulses-for-ultrafast-signal-processing-could-make-computers-a-million-times-faster/

16/05/2022: Don’t you just love ‘anachronisms’?  eg: https://www.ancient-origins.net/unexplained-phenomena/ancient-wheel-0010997?fbclid=IwAR1cGl2FJYQTXLBHFT4O3dF8HKdOPfEsy8iMFyRyOXlUMVP76VrQZ3ItmZE

16/05/2022: That YouGov poll the other day alarmed me too but with a sample size of 125 per electorate it is just a nonsense – besides who answers the phone to these anonymous people any more? Labor voters apparently, probably because they are more credulous. The election will be decided by those ‘undecided’ voters who certainly don’t vote early. Besides, as the Lib’s ‘campaign opening’ yesterday shows, Scott still has a few tricks up his sleeve: https://www.news.com.au/national/voters-should-take-new-poll-predicting-labor-victory-with-a-pinch-of-salt/video/d05cec9c519b9ac22d2a7f5a3f84baf6

16/05/2022: “This pandemic treaty is the greatest power grab any of us has seen in our lifetime”, Neil Oliver. If you did not know, we are rushing to sign up to yet another international  treaty ceding our sovereignty to unelected international bureaucrats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gafV6YhhnAQ


15/05/2022: 45 years: Gone for a very long walk indeed: https://indefiniteleave.com.au/story-john-the-highway-man/?fbclid=IwAR3LspqrjpCuyOTPAmjPvhty1EAkvd2I2GtKeAQVelXR0NPON8oJ0gxQ-h8

15/05/2022: Seriously worrying: Are the Covid vaccines killing people over time? The data suggests yes: https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/points-of-information/are-the-covid-vaccines-killing-people-over-time-the-data-suggests-yes/

15/05/2022: That Bastard Albanese? A man who still lies on his electoral nomination form that he doesn’t know who his own father is - even though he has explained extensively to the ABC that he does and has met him and now claims to be Italian - is not fit to be PM: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/albanese-now-openly-italian-good-thing-for-the-court-of-disputed-returns-to-know.html & https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/compare-contrast-albaneses-electoral-nomination-form-dated-15422-with-what-he-told-the-abc.html NB: Several years ago (You remember?) every other ‘dual citizen’ had to resign &/or repudiate their other ‘citizenship’ or they were not eligible to hold office – but not Albo apparently.

14/05/2022: A magic weight-loss pill? Maybe not. I know that for me (most folks I suspect) it's always too many calories: https://doctorbuzz.substack.com/p/a-new-drug-will-help-you-shed-50?s=w

14/05/2022: China and India are both doubling coal use. Oz accounts for less than 1% of global CO2 production (which does no harm anyway) but we may not have any coal fired power stations or a reliable energy supply? This is complete BS people: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/12/net-zero-india-plans-to-double-coal-use-by-2040/

14/05/2022: ‘Too dumb to be PM’ - Of course this is true Michael Kroger – the guy can hardly talk and can certainly not hold a fact in his head for a minute. You would have to be as dumb as dog s—t yourself to vote for such a Bozo. My guess is that the huge ‘undecided’ mob (27% at least) are not that dumb: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/michael_kroger_says_albanese_is_too_dumb_to_be_prime_minister And have you thought for a minute about the nightmares life would be like under a Labor-Greens Government. Here’s just two examples: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/labor_is_locking_up_cattle_stations_and_turning_them_into_carbon_farms & https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/aussie_manufacturers_are_shutting_factories_because_of_expensive_and_unstable_energy

14/05/2022: “Keeping you safe and sorting out the lies is your job” (not Twitter’s), Bill Maher. We have always been surrounded by lies and propaganda of one sort or another. Each ‘side’ will always say that the other’s ‘lies’ are ‘false’. Up to now you had (and were allowed) to make up your own mind – a difficult process I admit, but your essential freedom to choose; now Facebook, Twitter, Google etc can do that onerous chore for you. Some thoughts from Victor David Hanson to make you wonder:  https://www.zerohedge.com/political/victor-davis-hanson-imagine-unimaginable

13/05/2022: You know the world has gone completely mad when Madonna gives birth to a tree: https://pjmedia.com/vodkapundit/2022/05/11/madonna-scanned-her-whole-body-for-charity-including-her-you-know-n1597043 You can even ‘win’ a 3D model of her  vagina: https://www.news.com.au/entertainment/celebrity-life/madonna-selling-3d-model-of-her-vagina-in-nft-graphic-auction/news-story/d5af9f9f06025440ce61aa33ecb1e87c & Yes, it’s true:  https://motherofcreation.xyz/

13/05/2022: Do we want to become like Sri Lanka? We are well on the way: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/05/sri_lanka_shows_what_happens_when_we_follow_radical_environmentalist_principles.html

13/05/2022: Good advice, “Never trust people who are called experts by others or who call themselves experts.  Almost all have an agenda. People should question everything they are told, especially if the source is the media, the government, entertainers, or educators” : https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/05/why_does_anyone_continue_to_treat_people_as_experts_when_they_are_so_consistently_wrong.html 

13/05/2022: The evidence keeps pouring in showing the utter failure of all COVID mandates yet we have wasted billions and lost our precious freedoms over them – all for nothing! https://behindtheblack.com/behind-the-black/essays-and-commentaries/the-evidence-keeps-pouring-in-showing-the-utter-failure-of-all-covid-mandates/

12/05/2022: A New Knee: As you may know I have been having trouble with my left knee (especially) for quite some time – around nine years in fact. I have tried just about everything to make it better as the posts I Kneed YouA Cure for Knee Pain, & Knee Cure News will make clear to you, but finally it became too much and I just had to ‘bite the bullet’ so to speak and go for a complete replacement. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/05/12/a-new-knee/

12/05/2022: "The greatest evils in the world will not be carried out by men with guns, but by men in suits sitting behind desks." - C. S. Lewis.

12/05/2022: May have to get one of these jet-packs as I am certainly not walking up mountains as quickly or easily as I once did: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLrVxEJ7pZ8

12/05/2022: The perfect murder  - if only he had hired an excavator: https://www.foxnews.com/us/south-carolina-heart-attack-killed

12/05/2022: Personally I just can’t believe the polls – an Albanese Government would be an economic disaster, just as the Andrews Government has been for Victoria. We will be paying for the cost of these mistakes for decades: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/terry-mccrann-brilliant-on-the-pending-albanese-disaster.html Just a reminder of what I said about the last Liberal Budget back in My 2014: After four years of fiscal restraint, the Victorian Government has wound back Labor’s profligacy (always wasted on urgent needs such as employing innumerable public servants to hold meetings!) and has a whopping surplus which they are going to invest in a further $27 billion of infrastructure projects, another $45 billion already ‘on the books’ for like investments. Every other state is still ‘in the red’. These guys deserve another term, and another, and another…

09/05/2022: Holy Cow: https://www.skynews.com.au/business/science/helicopter-catches-space-rocket-booster/video/fa8c73c26517148012e6a8ca397e937b

09/05/2022: New UK government data shows the COVID vaccines kill more people than they save. If true, we should stop right now (and begin the prosecutions): https://stevekirsch.substack.com/p/uk-government-data-shows-nobody-should?s=r

09/05/2022: Ask yourself: Do we want a repeat of these clowns – and a leader even worse than Ju-Liar? https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/federal-election/federal-election-2022-tony-windsor-rob-oakeshott-reject-independent-chaos-fears/news-story/6e5c831a98ea96eed8c80d560598733e

09/05/2022: How China is conquering the world one failed state at a time – you have already seen the ocnsequences in Sri Lanka and the Solomons but not yet in Victoria. “Take note, Australia; an empire built on debt cannot survive for long” : https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/05/china-an-empire-of-debt/

07/05/2022: What if we have been profoundly wrong about children: https://accordingtohoyt.com/2022/05/05/what-if-weve-been-profoundly-wrong/

For example: https://freemansperspective.com/children-must-be-made-to-work/

07/05/2022: Should we have a nuclear war over Ukraine – apparently we are already at war with Russia: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/experts-even-small-nuclear-war-us-russia-will-likely-cause-billions-deaths/

07/05/2022: Lakes Entrance: It’s lovely to take a day off during the warmer months and spend it driving up and back to Lakes Entrance (Gippsland). Because of the awful fence they have now built down the middle of the road between Sale and Bairnsdale we always take the Sale by-pass then when we hit the highway again we go straight ahead via Bengwarden to Bairnsdale to avoid it – a much more pleasant drive indeed. There are many spots you can drop off to look at the scenery along the way (Roseneath, Wadi Point, the Sand Jetties etc).

A refreshing walk across the bridge at Lakes to look at the beach and study the bird-life is just about de rigeur but mostly we go up so we can buy  a heap of fresh school prawns from the fishing boat there. They usually cost around $25 a kilo but they are the very best prawns you have never eaten. We always by a few kilos so we can have a few really good feeds over the next few months. Somehow we never buy enough and always run our before the next summer! Della and I managed to eat a whole kilo between us for tea! https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/05/07/lakes-entrance/

They are so much more delicious than the ‘cardboard’ prawns you are used to eating from the supermarket or fish shop. They take my mind back to when I was a small boy growing up around the shores of Lake Macquarie NSW nearly 70 years ago. On balmy summer nights I remember going out in the  moonlight trawling for ‘greasyback’ prawns in the shallows with a purse-net strung between two tomato stakes in the tepid water with my father, Lawrence and his brother Ken – both now gone over fifty years ago. We would boil them (lightly) up in an empty 60 lb honey tin over a driftwood fire and devour them (with a billy tea accompaniment) until we were utterly and delightfully replete and then fall asleep on the seagrass along the foreshore – all houses now of course, but you can still do this sort of thing in less developed spots around the Gippsland Lakes which hopefully will never be spoiled as those beautiful lakes along the NSW Central Coast have been.

 07/05/2022: A print of this  painting has been on my bedroom wall for maybe 75 years. I had never been able to determine what it was before but now (thanks to the magic of Google – and Della) I know it is by this guy George Philibert Charles Maroniez 1865-1933. I can see that I can buy a hand-painted reproduction (not this painting) for A$433.85 delivered which I think I will go with – though I would dearly love a better copy of the one I have which my mother must have cut out of a magazine when she was decorating my bedroom before I was born. https://www.1st-art-gallery.com/Georges-Philibert-Charles-Maroniez/Sunset.html He did many similar paintings some of which can be bought for $5-10K. I may also consider that. It is unlikely that they will reduce in value after all.

07/05/2022: Interesting thoughts about ‘the spectrum’: https://skepticalinquirer.org/exclusive/is-autism-really-a-spectrum/

07/05/2022: Yes, Pauline is right about Albo’s ‘housing plan’. It is a plan to remove home ownership, not to enable it: https://richardsonpost.com/davidhiscox/26876/pauline-hanson-is-right-labor-housing-plan-is-great-reset-down-under/

07/05/2022: Can’t afford to buy in Sydney? Maybe buy this house in Goa for $312,000: https://www.99acres.com/4-bhk-bedroom-independent-house-villa-for-sale-in-navelim-south-goa-1163-sq-ft-r1-spid-T60129442

07/05/2022: More bad news about mRNA vaccines (like Pfizer and Adenovirus vector vaccines like Astra Zenica) - stuff that was concealed  all along behind a push to conform. This has so harmed the traditional vaccine approach which is what should have been used all along. Too much new stuff rushing at us from all directions: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/pfizergate-new-documents-confirm-vaccine-goes-to-liver-spleen-and-ovaries-in-animal-studies/

PS: We are apparently still seeing that ‘excess mortality’ - in younger groups: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/shock-video-equity-investment-executive-dowd-excess-deaths-running-around-20-first-quarter-2022/

07/05/2022: Sterilisation yet?  Don’t I remember safe, effective and available contraception happening somewhere back in the 60s? Did I miss something? Isn’t there a huge unmet demand (from already sterile couples) to adopt ‘unwanted’ babies and to provide them with very good lives – and hasn’t this been the case in fact for generations? I can agree to a ‘morning-after’ pill (especially if women have been raped), even to procedures up to say a ‘fetal heartbeat’ point (ie about six weeks in – usually plenty of time to find out whether you are pregnant surely? - If you did not know, not just if you changed your mind) but there comes a time (then) when the child within also must be deemed to deserve protection (from homicide) just as other human beings do. A baby (let’s please call ‘it’ that) can survive from around 20 weeks (if born). This will become earlier with the perfection of ‘artificial wombs’. After that point surely only the lives of the two people concerned are relevant (not ‘wishes’ or ‘convenience’). I get that women ought not be forced to continue with a pregnancy if it will actually kill them, but then maybe often the baby can be induced and raised rather than being chopped into pieces and killed (for preference). The ‘pro-abortionists’ have to move away from the issue of ‘women’s rights’ and consider ‘human rights’ (ie the rights of the child – and father too) and face the fact that what we are arguing about is whether any form of murder (Yes it is) should be legal: https://melmagazine.com/en-us/story/female-sterilization-options-roe-decision


06/05/2022: It was not an ambush: Rachel Bexendale & Greg Brown in the Australian today: “Ahead of a lunchtime speech to the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry in which his team had indicated it planned to speak of building upon Labor legacies such as the NDIS and after he made reference on Wednesday to Labor’s ‘six-point plan’ Mr Albanese was asked to outline the six points.

“The six points are what we will do, in terms of, was outlined by Bill Shorten,” (sic) Mr Albanese replied.” As I said before, ‘Not fit to shovel shit upon a Bombay lugger”: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-anthony-albanese-is-grossly-underprepared-to-be-prime-minster/news-story/35c555c875abd090f07e7be6126286a4

06/05/2022: The war on childhood – ain’t it the case: “The ancients sacrificed children to the fires of Moloch while progressives sacrifice them to their passion for wokeness”: http://www.danielgreenfield.org/2022/04/the-lefts-war-on-childhood.html

06/05/2022: Andrews’ deficits – did you take a serious look? He took Napthines’s $17 billlion surplus to an $18 billion deficit in one year and has since then nearly doubled it. He has doubled the spend on public servants (again from $17 billion to $34 billion – easy to see where some savings can be made there folks, and how to get rid of the deficit!) We now have (from no debt) a whopping $167 billion debt, already $10 billion in interest payments per year – god knows how much in future as interest rates soar, as they must. We simply no longer have the money to build new power stations (even though we have not built one since 1983, probably in your entire lifetime) and soon they will all have to close because they are worn out – and then where will the electricity come from – from ‘extracting sunbeams from cucumbers’ as Gulliver observed? We need to build four simultaneously - imagine where the money or the workforce for that could come from. There will be blackouts for the rest of your lifetime. And you are maybe thinking of electing an Albanese government which will be worse –worse even than Ju-Liar’s and dominated by the same ‘Teals’ and Greens as hers was. This man cannot even name the key points of his darling NDIS scheme – an area of the budget his last awful Labor government under Ju-Liar thrust on us out of nothing, but which now consumes more than Defence! If you can’t actually explain the barest details of your largest spending area of your budget you are “unfit to shovel shit upon a Bombay lugger” and need to be conveyed as quickly as possible to the “dustbin of history”. If you actually still had any doubt whether you should vote for Albanese just notice that this morning Malcolm Turnbull is urging you to do so: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/yesterday_energy_prices_spiked_10_000_in_an_hour_after_solar_and_wind_failed  

06/05/2022: Mass starvation – that’s what the Greens want (No animals, no fishing or fish farming, ‘organics’, an end to scientific agriculture…sure that will work out really well): https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2022/05/green-nightmares.php

06/05/2022: ‘2,000 Mules’ is out. Surely after seeing this no-one will be able to deny that the US election was rigged and stolen – the greatest threat to democracy in modern times. Loath him or love him Donald Trump did win and should be President. Eventually this massive wrong will be undone, but with a demented Biden/Harris in charge will it happen in time to save the world from WW3? https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/2000-mules-the-election-was-organized-crime/

05/05/2022: So you want to skydive from space. Alan Eustace jumped from 40 km up in 2014 – and lived: https://www.popularmechanics.com/space/solar-system/a39877685/how-to-skydive-from-space/

05/05/2022: Can you still remember when our (scarce enough) water resources were used to boost agricultural production – and foreign exchange. (That's enough water to irrigate 4,000 acres - 20 square km by - the way): https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/labor_sells_huge_water_licence_to_alleged_ccp_linked_company_after_one_day_of_consideration

05/05/2022: Should you ‘be kind’? “The Nazis, in one of the great ironies of history, believed that what separated the Aryans from other races was their kindness to one another and to animals… While kindness is the slogan, the Trojan Horse of the ideology is the triple strategy of equivocating speech with violence, subjectivism and the weaponising of mental health… This is why statues are being pulled down around the world; why people with what were, until about five years ago, moderate views are called bigots; why supporters of free speech are called Nazis” A very thoughtful essay: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/society/2022/05/some-harsh-words-about-the-cult-of-kindness/

05/05/2022: You can have the crippling debt of the NDIS (up $10 billion every year for the next four according to the budget, ie more than the projected total cost when it was introduced less than 10 years ago) or you can have this – or just maybe there is another way. (‘Everyone’ works). Strangely I remember that in the 1950s when one could have expected that there would have been a larger proportion of ‘invalids’ because of WW2 but it was lower than 3% instead of the greater than 10% it now is – and that’s not to add in the large cohort on ‘unemployment’, ‘supporting parents’ etc: https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/why-is-canada-euthanising-the-poor-

04/05/2022: DIY Tents: In this post I thought I would pull together my ‘adventures’ with making my own tents/shelters over the years. My experience has evolved from utilising simple tarps/ponchos as shelters to creating a variety of tent ‘prototypes’ in Tyvek often followed by a lighter silnylon model (which I then take up the bush to try out).

I have learned a lot in the DIY process which I highly recommend to you. It will save you lots of money and (finally) result in a better shelter than you would otherwise own from a camping store. It is also very likely to be lighter and more functional, as well as being easier to put up and harder to fall down! Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/05/03/diy-tents/

04/05/2022: How many times do we have to prove there is no climate emergency: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/03/a-sense-of-proportion/

04/05/2022: Australia made a safe protein based vaccine but apparently every effort has been made to ban and suppress it. What is going on here: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/05/dont-mention-the-australian-vaccine-the-tga-bans-aussie-proffessor-from-talking-about-his-work/

04/05/2022: Stop worrying about whether your kid is gay – is s/he even human? https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/this-is-not-an-onion-headline/

04/05/2022: ‘We’ are at war with Russia – and unfortunately the leaders of both Russia and the US seem to be suffering from dementia. This will not end well:: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/05/video_tucker_exposes_the_democrats_desperate_desire_for_war.html & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PC7DzTRS7A

03/05/2022: A Cool Dry Back: The Vaucluse Cool Dry Frame. This looks like such a good idea and may well work. It is a open hexagonal frame intended to sit your pack of from your back an inch or so to allow air flow and (hopefully) prevent that nemesis of all backpackers, a wet back. You will have to pay for a dry back. It is US$97.95 plus shipping (May 2022).

Rather more than the $3 model I tried out here A DIY Dry Back Hiking Pack (which also worked by the way, but it was a bit awkward). I bought some approx 3 mm carbon fibre tubes intending to make a lighter, slightly more functional model but it has not happened yet. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/05/01/a-cool-dry-back/

03/05/2022: Pegasus – scarier than a flying horse: https://www.kaspersky.com/blog/pegasus-spyware/14604/ & https://www.france24.com/en/europe/20220502-spain-says-mobile-phones-of-pm-and-defence-minster-infected-by-pegasus-malware

03/05/2022: How prescient Margaret Thatcher was 40 years ago: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/40-years-ago-maggie-thatchers-brilliant-warning-on-lefty-teachers-indoctrinating-children-.html

03/05/2022: It is hard to imagine anyone worse than the Greens, but here they are – and they may well determine who is the Government after the election: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/05/greg-sheridan-brilliant-on-the-threat-from-simons-wealthy-white-women-collective.html

03/05/2022: Just so many mysteries in life: https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/ive-had-a-penis-on-my-arm-for-six-years-now-i-finally-feel-like-a-real-man/news-story/083b66b0499a65a6f7c84dc2b79db875

02/05/2022: Wow! How promising is this: https://www.studyfinds.org/plant-virus-may-cure-cancer/

02/05/2022: Yes, one should ‘blame the victim’. It is a person’s behaviour which  determines his/her life. Little else (but luck). The Dunedin study is particulary telling. One should always remember the last two lines of the famous poem (below), “I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.” NB  also “The vision of the Left, full of envy and resentment, takes its worst toll on those at the bottom—whether black or white—who find in that paranoid vision an excuse for counterproductive and ultimately self-destructive attitudes and behavior,” Thomas Sowell: https://www.city-journal.org/behavioral-poverty


William Ernest Henley - 1849-1903


Out of the night that covers me,  

  Black as the Pit from pole to pole,  

I thank whatever gods may be  

  For my unconquerable soul.  

In the fell clutch of circumstance

  I have not winced nor cried aloud.  

Under the bludgeonings of chance  

  My head is bloody, but unbowed.  

Beyond this place of wrath and tears  

  Looms but the Horror of the shade,

And yet the menace of the years  

  Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.  

It matters not how strait the gate,  

  How charged with punishments the scroll,  

I am the master of my fate:

  I am the captain of my soul.

02/05/2022: Those future food shortages just got a bit more real. You only have to look at what has happened in Sri Lanka to see that ‘organic’ would mean widespread starvation ie approx 30% less food world-wide: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/05/never-let-crisis-go-waste-samantha-power-celebrates-fertilizer-shortages-will-force-farmers-transition-natural-solutions-video/

Further, Get ready to give up lamb and beef: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/05/01/the-world-has-gone-bonkers/

02/05/2022: Not news really but this Chinese virologist confirms the CCP deliberately released the virus and did so in order to destroy Trump and the American economy: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/breaking-bombshell-exclusive-dr-li-meng-yan-says-china-released-covid-19-intentionally-not-accident/ 



01/05/2022: DVOs are issued too easily without any attempt to see the other side – sometimes they actually exacerbate the problem. You would think that the party they are being taken out against would have some chance of defending themselves at the outset and/or that the allegations being made have some truth in them – but this is not so. I know about this as we had an unstable neighbour last year issue one against us because they did not want to pay their share for a dividing fence destroyed by a sudden flood event – even though it was covered by insurance. The proveably false statements on it (which were not investigated) could have even resulted in their being gaoled (if we proceeded to a court trial) but in the end we negotiated a settlement with them when they realized that and that they would suffer enormous financial harm if they persisted. The whole process anyway cost many times more than a new fence would have and delayed the replacement fence for many months. Also we were denied access to our firearms for months (during lambing) and lost many lambs we ought not have and had thousands of dollars of other unnecessary costs. We were also subjected to daily police checks. We could be very bitter about this. I can only imagine how much angrier one might be when such actions are undertaken by someone whom you had until then trusted and loved. Bettina’s article (about the awful Hannah Clarke murder/suicide) is very worth reading, eg “Last year I interviewed a former police officer Evelyn Rae, who explained that she dealt with many more false allegations of violence than real cases. Rae said police everywhere are aware that most protection orders are issued to women falsely claiming to be violence victims to gain advantage in family law battles…The shameful secret carefully hidden by our mental health authorities is that family breakup is the number one cause of suicide in this country” : https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/04/lessons-from-the-hannah-clarke-inquest/

01/05/2022: After Wentworth & etc where are conservatives going to pick up seats to win government? (Perhaps where Labor is losing them in the outer suburbs). Or is it ‘The Deluge’. Anyway, God save us from Penny Wrong and Adam Bandit. NB: Values aren’t buses … They’re not supposed to get you anywhere. They’re supposed to define who you are” : https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/28/a-farewell-to-sharma/ & https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/wenworth-diary/2022/04/vote-with-one-hand-hold-nose-with-the-other/

30/04/2022: Clever - Printed Circuit Bird Synthesizers: https://laughingsquid.com/printed-circuit-bird-synthesizers/

30/04/2022: President Zelensky Insulted By Biden’s Offer Of Only $33 Billion In Weapons When He Gave The Taliban $86 Billion: https://babylonbee.com/news/ukraine-insulted-by-bidens-offer-of-33-billion-in-weapons-when-he-gave-the-taliban-86-billion

30/04/2022: Love them or hate them, the Libs are good economic managers: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/australias-economic-indicators-amongst-worlds-major-economies.html

30/04/2022: When the government creates a ‘Disinformation Governance Board’ you don’t need to think ‘conspiracy’ is just a ‘theory’: https://ace.mu.nu/archives/398907.php

29/04/2022: What a Bogler: I just bought a new trowel which I am very happy with, a Bogler Ultralight Trowel. Mine weighs 13.45 grams on my scales. It is made from (hardened) aircraft-grade aluminium. It is intelligently designed so it does not wear a hole in your hand which is a decided improvement on most such things so that if you ever need to use it to dig for water in a dry river bend or behind the dunes or dig up tree roots for water & etc you may actually not die of thirst (or bleed to death!) before you succeed. Also good for digging for fish bait (worms, beetle larvae, etc.) Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/04/28/what-a-bogler/

29/04/2022: Back to Nepal? We walked the EBC in 2019 and would like to go back. Too soon for my new knee right now I guess but late Oct-early Nov will be penciled in: https://www.dw.com/en/nepal-tourism-eyes-new-start-as-covid-19-departs/a-61618629

29/04/2022: Elon Musk’s reflection on the direction politics has been goingindeed this has been happening pretty much all my life:


29/04/2022: Just look at how much coal China uses (34 times ours) for its ‘energy security’ yet we are only looking forward to electricity shortages and high costs: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/china-boosts-coal-again-set-for-record-in-2022-official-says-energy-security-trumps-carbon-neutrality/ 

29/04/2022: When I read in the papers Hanson would be preferencing against the Liberals I thought she had lost the plot…then I read her explanation. Time to wake up conservatives and be true to yourselves instead of trying to chase the socialists down their own rat holes : https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/one-nation-preferences-targeting-left-leaning-linos-like-trent-zimmerman-tim-wilson-etc.html

28/04/2022: Nanny State sadists just want us to suffer. Try spinal fusion or a knee transplant without such pain relief: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/the-strong-pain-relievers-you-will-have-to-do-without/news-story/b6f5893de355a25ddaaf8096a3724e48

28/04/2022: Peter Dutton is right, ‘If you want peace, prepare for war’: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/26/igitur-qui-desiderat-pacem-praeparet-bellum/

28/04/2022: I don’t think I will be swapping any of my Landies (with 1000km range plus jerry cans) for 350 km: https://spectrum.ieee.org/electric-land-rover

28/04/2022: In praise of Longfellow: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/04/longfellow-wrongfellow/

The Village Blacksmith

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow - 1807-1882

Under a spreading chestnut-tree
     The village smithy stands;
The smith, a mighty man is he,
     With large and sinewy hands,
And the muscles of his brawny arms
     Are strong as iron bands.

His hair is crisp, and black, and long;
     His face is like the tan;
His brow is wet with honest sweat,
     He earns whate'er he can,
And looks the whole world in the face,
     For he owes not any man.

Week in, week out, from morn till night,
     You can hear his bellows blow;
You can hear him swing his heavy sledge,
     With measured beat and slow,
Like a sexton ringing the village bell,
     When the evening sun is low.

And children coming home from school
     Look in at the open door;
They love to see the flaming forge,
     And hear the bellows roar,
And catch the burning sparks that fly
     Like chaff from a threshing-floor.

He goes on Sunday to the church,
     And sits among his boys;
He hears the parson pray and preach,
     He hears his daughter's voice
Singing in the village choir,
     And it makes his heart rejoice.

It sounds to him like her mother's voice
     Singing in Paradise!
He needs must think of her once more,
     How in the grave she lies;
And with his hard, rough hand he wipes
     A tear out of his eyes.

     Onward through life he goes;
Each morning sees some task begin,
     Each evening sees it close;
Something attempted, something done,
     Has earned a night's repose.

Thanks, thanks to thee, my worthy friend,
     For the lesson thou hast taught!
Thus at the flaming forge of life
     Our fortunes must be wrought;
Thus on its sounding anvil shaped
     Each burning deed and thought.

27/04/2022: I would probably prefer a .410 shotgun-cane myself but this might do in a pinch: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BYDC5ZL/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07BYDC5ZL&linkCode=as2&tag=helentag-20&linkId=b539432b77c44daace90749f71b7208d



27/04/2022: Understanding the importance of coal: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/rafe-champion-guest-post-tasmania-burning-oil-in-prolonged-wind-drought/

27/04/2022: How long before all of us live this long: https://www.npr.org/2022/04/25/1094630648/the-worlds-oldest-person-japans-kane-tanaka-dies-at-age-119

26/04/2022: After twenty years and many billions on ‘immortality research’ we are still dying: https://bigthink.com/health/immortality-race-to-live-forever/

26/04/2022: Let’s talk about the immense benefits (to life on earth) of increased CO2: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/23/increased-plant-productivity-the-first-key-benefit-of-atmospheric-co2-enrichment/

26/04/2022: I agree with Rowan Dean, “When asked what people wanted of their leaders at the next election, overwhelmingly the answer was ‘to be left alone’” : https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/23/the-libs-are-only-around-45-socialist-while-labor-is-90/

26/04/2022: “Not a single ‘environmental prediction’ of the last 52 years has come true”. Time we stopped paying any attention to these loonies and just got on with it: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/24/earth-days-failed-predictions-of-52-years-ago-the-amazing-environmental-improvements-that-have-occurred-since/

25/04/2022: The CCP certainly does endorse Albanese (as the Lib ‘attack ads’ indicate) and this is because he has always been a communist stooge: https://www.globaltimes.cn/page/202202/1252207.shtml

25/04/2022: “It turns out that the impact human emissions on the CO-concentration is relatively small. In his calculations, only 17 ppm (less than 15%) of the total increase is due to human CO. The vast majority of the increase is the result of the increased global temperature” : https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/22/why-is-the-co%e2%82%82-concentration-rising/

25/04/2022: Strange bedfellows: Putin’s soldiers celebrate conquest of Mariupol shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/putins-soldiers-celebrate-conquest-of-mariupol-shouting-allahu-akbar/

25/04/2022: Fighting above our weight – remembering the Battle of Kapyong (71 years ago yesterday): https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/the-battle-of-kapyong-when-australia-went-to-war-with-china-and-won-lest-we-forget.html

24/04/2022: Maybe Elon will manage to bring down the Big Tech conspiracy to rule the world: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/twitter-hiding-dont-forget-dr-shivas-mindblowing-lawsuit-big-tech/

24/04/2022: The dragon is no longer sleeping: “The simple, chilling truth is that the CCP is doing everything in its power – mostly via economics, technology, diplomacy, and the media, not yet via military power – to destroy our way of life”: https://richardsonpost.com/robert-spalding/26730/chinas-rules-of-war/

24/04/2022: As if you didn’t know, “Fossil fuels are making Earth a better and better place by providing uniquely low-cost, reliable energy to billions of people”: https://alexepstein.substack.com/p/earth-day-truth-fossil-fuels-make?r=5c3gj&s=r&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=email

24/04/2022: Tetanus vaccines last at least ten years (and up to 60) but the fake covid ‘vaccine’ does not even last two months (and seems to be even doing a lot of harm, possibly more than the disease): https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/tetanus-vaccines-work-so-well-we-may-not-need-the-ten-year-boosters-only-a-30-year-one/

23/04/2022: Important new information for men: https://www.upi.com/Health_News/2022/04/21/bacteria-prostate-cancer/5541650549768/

23/04/2022: Jennifer has a very sound point about sea level fall here. You only have to open your eyes just about anywhere to see it: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/21/washed-away-a-short-film-about-sea-level-fall/

23/04/2022: Electricity prices have doubled. Without coal (or nuclear) we may not be able to afford electricity in the future. These green crazies pushing this insane agenda must be stopped. Build new baseload now: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/australian-electricity-price-doubles-ceo-explains-prices-up-due-to-lack-of-coal-power/

23/04/2022: Viv Forbes is totally right – we must win the war against the ‘green slime’ now or be lost forever: https://richardsonpost.com/vivforbes/26698/its-time-for-australia-to-vote-for-change/

Just a ‘for example’: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/cost_of_net_zero_500_000_jobs_and_a_massive_hit_to_the_economy

22/04/2022: Sounds very promising: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-04-tumors-partially-dont.html

22/04/2022: You don’t say? So, no climate crisis then: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/20/2021-state-of-the-climate-report-empirical-observations-show-no-sign-of-climate-crisis-snow-cover-stable-sea-ice-levels-recovering-no-change-in-storm-activity/

Even Greta agrees: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/20/a-puppet-slip-of-the-tongue-did-she-really-just-say-that-monday-mirthiness/

22/04/2022: I find this quite sickening – a harbinger of the West moving to adopt China’s nefarious ‘social credit’ system: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/new-social-credit-app-to-reward-italian-citizens-for-virtuous-behavior/

22/04/2022: In Germany the highest inflation since WW2. Seriously unhappy times ahead. The cause is socialism my friends: the green revolution and the weird statist response to covid. The cure will be the same as ever: belt tightening, smaller government etc. Beware politicos promising to shower you with the largesse of ever more large tranches of your own money: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/germanys-inflation-surpasses-30-percent-highest-since-1949/

20/04/2022: I have long noticed that the left seems to want a return to some ‘golden’ past (such as medieval times - or anyway pre-industrial). This Rouseauean ‘noble savage’ nonsense is really quite dangerous. The Agrarian Revolution, industrialization and capitalism has issued in an era of incomparable benefits to mankind: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/04/the_medieval_era_is_suddenly_calling_out_to_leftists.html

20/04/2022: Canada has stopped having a free press. Watch this catch on everywhere – already in the USA) : https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/trudeau-invents-license-for-journalists-so-readers-can-spot-fake-news-everyone-with-a-license/ & https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/18/usa-and-canadas-plan-to-silence-independent-media/

20/04/2022: Thank goodness someone (Katherine Deves) is willing to stand against transgender nonsense. (and well said Jacinta Price). “Does anyone actually believe that men change into women and women into men who can give birth, that the Earth is burning, the seas are rising, and we’ll all perish unless we cover our faces with strips of cotton?” (David Mamet in American Occupation): https://www.news.com.au/national/federal-election/deserve-to-have-a-voice-controversial-liberal-party-candidate-katherine-deves-finds-support/news-story/06db84bb658225363a96a368fa520939

19/04/2022: Nice bit of gear.  I see some civilian uses for them too: https://www.militarytimes.com/news/your-military/2022/04/15/pentagon-to-build-nuclear-microreactor-to-power-far-flung-bases/

19/04/2022: The truth is hard to take - “Murray aims to revive what he calls the “American creed,” a set of ideal commitments to foundational freedoms, human dignity, individualism, equality under the law, and the use of neutral, colorblind measures of individual talent and competence to assign economic and social roles. Central to this code, still supported by Americans, is a meritocratic and impartial standard for all…Murray disputes the fashionable assumption that racial discrimination creates social inequities.  The reality, says Murray, is that racial inequalities in America between European- and African-heritage people in health, wealth, position, status, and income can be traced to a significant disparity in African Americans’ cognitive ability and criminal behavior”: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/04/charles_murrays_wake_up_call_on_race_problems.html

19/04/2022: Shanghai again. Something very strange is happening here. The Cantonese have always been the soft underbelly of the communist regime. Maybe that’s what’s going on - a harbinger of regime change? You may remember that the Delta variant arose in Botswana allegedly brought there by Chinese diplomats. In any case it seems implausible that since covid arose in China (nearly three years ago) they have successfully locked it down (when no-one else has). Some time ago too there were rumours of a worse virus about in China – let’s hope that’s not what’s happening. Authorities claim it’s just omicron, but if so why the panic?  https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/something-rotten-state-shanghais-latest-covid-lockdowns & https://quillette.com/2022/04/18/shanghai-at-the-edge-of-madness/

19/04/2022: George Washington: ‘Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master…Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth…The marvel of all history is the patience with which men and women submit to burdens unnecessarily laid upon them by their governments…The time is near at hand which must determine whether Americans are to be free men or slaves…’

18/04/2022: Ah Bess, what a great lady you are: “In contrast to the current crop of pygmies we have as world leaders, she is the last remaining island of permanence and stability in our age. She will leave a yawning chasm when she is gone”: https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/miranda-devine-queen-elizabeth-ii-a-giant-among-world-leaders/news-story/dff90a02372dc4ccf43848cccafe4030

18/04/2022: Obviously not farm kids: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/04/15/children-farm-animal-same-as-pets/8071650031160/

18/04/2022: Just saying, but I suspect castration (or death) would work better as a deterrent (and be a fairer punishment): https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/18287591/child-rapists-escape-punishment-apologise/

18/04/2022: When Age Poll discovers you are a dead duck: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/ninesmhage-poll-finds-voters-have-woken-up-to-therapeutic-albanese-the-hollow-man.html

17/04/2022: New tricks in electronics: https://scitechdaily.com/the-future-of-electronics-new-fermi-arcs-discovered/

17/04/2022: Sri Lanka is to declare bankruptcy – if this works it could become a popular way out of national debt traps created by over-zealous leftist economists, but I somehow doubt it will. We should be warned however: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/sri-lanka-government-suspends-external-debt-payments-signaling-bankruptcy-due-impacts-covid-19-ukraine-war/

17/04/2022: I want my country back too. For example, our feed and grain store in Morwell (MacRoberts - a third generation business which heretofore had not missed a single day) has been closed for weeks because of a completely spurious useless onerous vaccine mandate: https://spectator.com.au/2022/04/i-want-my-country-back/

17/04/2022: Too true: Peta Credlin's great expose on Anthony Albanese: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/peta-credlins-great-expose-on-anthony-albanese.html

16/04/2022: Watch out – carnivorous horses: https://www.ancient-origins.net/history/carnivorous-horses-0016638

16/04/2022: Yes, time to take cobalt out of lithium batteries: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/04/13/cobalt-free-lithium-ion-auto-batteries/1731649255014/

16/04/2022: Modelling vs reality: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/15/roaring-and-screaming/

16/04/2022: So, not enough that the cops let the protesters in but they were led in by undercover Feds: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/04/14/yet-another-conspiracy-theory-comes-true-at-least-20-feds-embedded-at-capitol-on-jan-6-n1589815

15/04/2022: Taking a balloon ride to the edge of space. Same view – much more affordable: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/04/12/space-perspective-unveils-spaceship-neptune/4201649795426/

15/04/2022: “You can put lipstick on a hog and call it Monique, but it's still a pig.” Besides, Albo could not lie straight in bed. Unless Labor can come up with something/someone better than this before May 21 they will spend another three years in opposition (but God save us from Penny Wong!): https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/each_way_albo_s_top_ten_political_each_way_bets

15/04/2022: Trust the expert: https://www.rebelnews.com/leading_australian_cardiologist_slams_push_for_mrna_vaccines

15/04/2022: The green energy transition which will not work. Already we have backup household generator/s here at Jeeralang Junction because we regularly lose power (about once a week for some time, and at least once a year for days!) This has been brought about because of the failure to replace Hazelwood with reliable base load generation (coal/nuclear – there is currently no other alternative). The situation will get worse as other coal generators close (Liddell, Yallourn etc). Then we will have brown-outs and blackouts everywhere very, very often. This situation will continue for years as it takes years to build base load generators even after the decision has been made – if it is ever made. The lunatics have been and still are running the asylum. This has to stop: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/guest-post-by-rafe-champion-energy-security-on-the-edge-of-a-cliff/

14/04/2022: Albanese – so smart: “Solar panels on the roof charging your vehicle overnight.” Thank goodness the Labor Party has a leader as useless as this guy – else they might have some chance of winning. Even that old Leftie Tom Uren described him as a ‘young Trot’ in his autobiography. Look, Albanese is an unreconstructed commie whatever ‘conservative’ disguises he may try to put on. Worse than that (even) is that he is clearly an idiot who struggles to talk: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2021/04/therapeutic-albaneses-solar-panels-charging-the-electric-car-overnight.html

14/04/2022: What a great idea – and to think, once I didn’t believe in censorship: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dont-say-gay-florida-raise-kids-homosexual_n_6245acc7e4b03516d42d0400

14/04/2022: I suspect these 1,000 dead athletes (including Shane Warne) are only the tip of the iceberg – what we don’t know (for sure - yet) is whether ‘the cure is worse than the complaint’. Hopefully it is not, but remember this, ‘Hope’ was the last of the evils to be released from Pandora’s box: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/the-year-of-collapsing-athletes-890-athletes-collapse-or-die-and-counting/

14/04/2022: Social ‘experiments’ have real-world consequences. Vote for the Left and you will get economic chaos (as the figures out from the US show). We are already getting a ‘trickle-down’ effect of this here – and have supply-side issues (have you tried to buy any lumber from a hardware store recently?) Most of the world was gulled into a massive over-reaction to ‘The Pandemic’ (no doubt what Xi intended when he deliberately released it as part of his push for world hegemony). Unfortunately Morisson and his Liberals were no exception here, and we will have to live with the trillion dollar debt for more than a generation. This is a worse economic situation than our spending on WW2 resulted in! (but we simply had to oppose the Axis with every breath of our beings). However we need to put such recklessness behind us, not draw even more dire happenings on ourselves by electing a left-wing government (such as they have presently in the US) https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/biden-economy-truly-bidens-inflation-look-comparison-prior-years-using-cpi-data/

13/04/2022: Sustainable nuclear fusion edges closer and closer: https://scitechdaily.com/scientists-shatter-record-for-the-amount-of-energy-produced-during-a-controlled-sustained-fusion-reaction/

13/04/2022: Putin’s energy policy and strategy over the last 20 years makes him look a lot smarter than most of NATO: https://www.commentary.org/articles/james-meigs/germany-russia-energy/

13/04/2022: The Bee is right – this trans evil must end: https://babylonbee.com/news/are-you-a-groomer-9-things-to-look-for

13/04/2022: 536 AD: Something like this can happen again any day and no amount of ‘global warming’ hype or hysteria will have any effect on it whatever – imagine across China alone 80% of the population died: https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-important-events/climate-cataclysm-001360?fbclid=IwAR3L-CxaiHq4Pji3gD7TK5Sx1-HM0xGywdoIIy-xvSU784YBozVPd_t8NPE

12/04/2022: It is not getting warmer stupid. It has not been for thousands of years. This was always a commie lie. Let’s all move on with our lives, build some new power stations, buy an SUV and an aircon and have a nice holiday somewhere via jet travel: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/11/new-study-arctic-was-much-warmer-6000-years-ago-90-of-glaciers-ice-caps-smaller-than-present-or-absent/

12/04/2022: The Touch of Contagion. One thing I really liked about ‘the pandemic’ was the way people stopped touching you. I have always been stand-offish from when I was a child, so this suited me just fine. I value my personal space and am very choosy about who is welcome in it. My wife of 50 years for example. My (grown up) children on special occasions. Pretty much no-one else. I really valued not having to shake hands. I have always hated that ‘trial of strength’ thing which so many men (particularly) want to turn it into, and my increasing finger (and thumb) arthritis has made it mostly a painful and unpleasant custom. The faux hugging which (what?) morphed out of English soccer/gay culture (I don’t know) I have always found utterly repellent. I rarely hug (anyone) so why I should want to hug (pretty much) total strangers or simply acquaintances (when I would pretty much never hug my trusted long-term friends and rarely even family) is a total mystery to me. I deplore the pressure to conform to this particular unpleasant tactile torture. One should not be thought ‘unfriendly’ if one simply does not want to embrace. I believe I can show that/if I trust and like you without such superficial shows.

12/04/2022: Steve Kates is quite right – if we want to throw our country away we should elect the (pro Chinese) communist Albanese who will flood the nation with illegal immigrants and so weaken our defence we will soon not have a country at all (after he has wrecked it some more with other crazy leftie/welfare & etc policies): https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/04/11/are-australians-stupid-enough-to-elect-our-own-version-of-joe-biden/

12/04/2022: There has never been so much media, it appears to be so much more live and immediate than in the past, but the Left’s ‘march through the institutions’ has destroyed its credibility, making it almost worthless – a vehicle which could have been so transformational in human betterment lies in the gutter. The average (conservative) citizen’s trust of the media is unlikely to be very different from what we see in the US. Polling is also increasingly fraught. This makes anticipating how the people will vote a completely spurious exercise (it probably always was). Let’s hope our voting system has not been so dreadfully compromised (as in the US) as to make an honest result impossible. I am not in favour of early and absentee voting (except for people with proven serious need). We should all vote in person on the same day (with proof of identity) so that we see that the result is indeed a reflection of what the people want when they all have access to the same information. That being said, we need to remove the dreadful undemocratic impediments to an honest result that the distortions of the Senate (where eg a Tasmanian voter still counts ten times a NSW one for example – the situation is even worse in relation to the Territories): https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/can-anyone-still-pretend-the-media-are-not-a-wing-of-the-democrats/ 

11/04/2022: On Peter Walsh’s Death on this day in 2015: He was Finance Minister in the Hawke Government. He was possibly the last economically literate Labor leader. Comparing him to the commie rabble running the party now evokes the cry, ‘Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.’(Dante)‘Walsh was not selective in his hatred of rent-seekers and protectionists: He despised trade union leaders as much as he despised farm and business leaders for their special interest pleading. And he was just as withering in his critiques of the environmental movement’s anti-growth agenda….He abhorred the rising influence of the environmental movement on the Labor Party and wrote that “since the 1980s Australian Labor Party policy has been incrementally hijacked by well-heeled, self-indulgent, morally vain and would-be authoritarian activists whom the media often describes as the intelligentsia”.’ From his obit in the Australian.

11/04/2022: E-ink displays for your phone are just around the corner promising huge improvements in battery life: https://newatlas.com/electronics/e-ink-kaleido-3-epaper/

11/04/2022: Maybe not so bad after all - Scientists Finally Have Clues About What We See When We Die: https://www.popularmechanics.com/science/health/a39454993/dying-brain-waves/

11/04/2022: The 1911 9mm is a classic gun for self-defence – why can’t we all own one here in Oz: https://www.shootingillustrated.com/content/dear-9-mm-1911-i-you/

11/04/2022: One thing Putin did right: https://www.popsci.com/space/astronaut-mark-vande-hei-russian-soyuz-landing/

10/04/2022: Mysteries of aluminium foil: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/why-aluminum-foil-has-a-shiny-and-a-dull-side/ar-AAKizNQ?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=3a604cdb7bb2495fb21b9344e709bb69

10/04/2022: Private space travel (at US$55 million a ticket). I guess I won’t be going soon: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2022/04/08/spacex-axiom-private-astronaut-international-space-station/5351649362926/

10/04/2022: She’ll be right mate: In 2021 coral cover, snow cover, forest cover, rainfall and river inflows increased: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/in_2021_coral_cover_snow_cover_forest_cover_rainfall_and_river_inflows_increased

10/04/2022: We have needed to implement something like this in Oz for nearly fifty years. Let’s do it now: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/education/2022/04/how-the-uk-combats-activism-in-the-classroom/

See Also: Why Australian Teachers Preach Green Rubbish: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/education/2022/04/why-australian-teachers-can-preach-green-rubbish/

09/04/2022: This could be the biggest (and smallest) discovery of the C21st: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60993523

09/04/2022: Aussies are not convinced by climate alarmism, so let’s ditch it: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/no_surprise_72_of_aussies_say_cheap_reliable_power_is_more_important_than_net_zero

09/04/2022: Sri Lanka demonstrates the practicality of organic agriculture by starving. This follows on from their destroying their economy by selling themselves to China. Please wake up world. The Left is barking mad – and evil: https://foreignpolicy.com/2022/03/05/sri-lanka-organic-farming-crisis/

09/04/2022: Probably illegal even to say so but long since time we recriminalised non-hetero sexuality in public – as well as its advocacy and support. This woke agenda has already done enormous damage to society (as I long predicted it would). This evil cant be allowed to continue to destroy our children and our society any further: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/rita-panahi/rita-panahi-disney-must-stop-promoting-radical-gender-ideology-to-children/news-story/02994113cd7b65dd29f766e550d18077

08/04/2022: Another threat to diesel supplies – this will have vast downstream effects if it plays out: https://richardsonpost.com/tyler-durden/26229/gas-stations-will-run-dry-catastrophic-scenario-for-diesel-emerging-according-to-worlds-biggest-energy-traders/

08/04/2022: Everything about the pandemic was BS but we just had to destroy our economy, our future prosperity, our freedom – you name it – and it should never end: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/unvaxxed-australians-cant-leave-the-country-because-of-a-who-treaty-were-protecting-the-world/

08/04/2022: Who knows what the truth is about what is happening in the Ukraine? Just this morning we learned about Ukrainian atrocities against Russian soldiers for example: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/dog-aint-barking-ukraine/

08/04/2022: Folks have been in gaol for this for well over a year but now the first accused is acquitted because police invited the invaders into the Capitol building: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/04/07/first-january-6-defendant-acquitted-n1587832

07/04/2022: Just as global warming goes away in Europe they have to contend with no electricity and no fossil fuels as well – a perfect storm: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/climate-change-causes-frosts-now-french-winegrowers-lighting-fires-candles-to-protect-crops/

07/04/2022: Yes there were war crimes, but why were there: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/rick-moran/2022/04/05/there-were-war-crimes-in-bucha-whether-you-choose-to-believe-it-or-not-n1587045

07/04/2022: What possible reason could there be any more for this draconian restriction. Surely our nation is not a prison colony any more: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/unvaccinated-australians-cant-leave-australia-unless-they-escape-is-that-swim-paddle-or-dingy/

07/04/2022: What’s happening in Shanghai? “Will the proponents of such lockdowns eventually be prosecuted for the horrific damage they have done to society”? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qPy3aF3LgP4&t=211s

06/04/2022: Ultralight Windscreen or Chimney Closure: This is so far a 'proof of concept but it will soon be a new model of my diy ultralight roll-up titanium stove/windscreen and may be incorporated into sections of chimney for my ultralight tent stove as it will be so much easier to roll up - and there is nothing to get lost. We will see.


I will make the tags longer than this. I stupidly cut it off. I also needed to allow another 1/2" of overlap. You can cut the slot with the super-scissors/snip they sell everywhere after you have drilled two 1/8" holes the correct distance apart. I needed to be a bit more careful about this.

Nonetheless I am very pleased with the idea. it is simple  yet strong. It would work fine in .05mm foil which is all you would need for a windscreen alone and would make a pot screen less than 10 grams weight.

I think for my 4" high hobo stove three of these tag and slot joiners will make a very solid connection. I can add additional slots so that the stove can fit outside the pot or inside the pot.

A little experimentation has shown me that the .1mm foil is more than strong enough to support the weight of a 2 litre pot full of water. I use an 1100 ml pot. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/04/05/ultralight-windscreen-or-chimney-closure/

06/04/2022: Clearly the Libs are way ahead on Defence – the big one that really matters (watch China!). Do you want to have a country? Those subs too are going to be here sooner than 2030, and need to be: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/australia-to-build-hypersonic-missiles-other-new-weapons-under-aukus-agreement.html

06/04/2022: “With enough demographic change, it is possible for new countries to take the place of old ones, and new countries require new histories.” https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/multiculturalism_and_history.html

06/04/2022: ‘Everyone’ is upset about the ‘end of democracy’ in Ukraine but let the real destruction of democracy in the 2020 US election just slip by – but there is vast evidence of a stolen election, millions of votes: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/04/719657/

06/04/2022: 40 years of satellite records show the average temperature almost never varies by more than half a degree, usually by no more than one tenth of a degree – clearly the earth has a thermostat,: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/04/03/uah-global-temperature-update-for-march-2022-0-15-deg-c/

05/04/2022: It’s the sun stupid: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/27/atmospheric-fingerprint/

05/04/2022: You would hope so anyway: https://pjmedia.com/columns/kevindowneyjr/2022/04/03/a-victim-too-far-how-transgenders-will-bring-down-the-lefty-marxists-who-want-to-destroy-america-n1586542

Anyway better that than this: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/04/02/california-city-approves-program-to-give-trans-non-binary-residents-guaranteed-income-n1586462

05/04/2022: Interesting read - The war on gold: https://richardsonpost.com/harryrichardson/26405/putins-other-war/

05/04/2022: Maybe we just don’t understand Putin’s strategy – an alternative view: http://stuartschneiderman.blogspot.com/2022/03/an-unconventional-analysis-of-putins.html

04/04/2022: Some hope this morning that common sense will prevail: https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/hungarians-vote-orbans-12-year-rule-tight-ballot-overshadowed-by-ukraine-war-2022-04-03/

04/04/2022: Governments (everywhere – except perhaps Sweden) completely bungled the covid ‘pandemic’. Racking up this level of debt outside of wartime was economic lunacy (as I said at the outset in January 2020) Now look in detail at the consequences: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/your-personal-debt-courtesy-of-the-federal-government-.html

04/04/2022: “But despite his past as a left-wing warrior, the Albanese opposition is playing the small target game (and getting away with it) by “me-too-ing” everything, from nuclear submarines to tax cuts.” – just like Kevin Rudd did too, if you remember. But please remember how, once he was in power all that changed, then morphed into Gillard and the Greens, the whole silly season mess! Let’s vote conservative, then Liberal second with the Left very far down the ticket: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/federal-election/federal-election-2022-peta-credlins-sky-doco-explores-how-the-campaign-battle-will-unfold/news-story/842864638dcb6054520e3c3a25fdf92d

Note for example these two (same day) ‘news items’. Albanese wishing us ‘Happy Ramadan’ – thanks a lot for that: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/therapeutic-albanese-wishing-you-all-a-happy-ramadan.html contrasted with Tony Abbott reflecting on the real achievement and importance of (yet another) free trade agreement (none of which would ever have happened under Labor) this time with India: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/tony-abbott-on-our-trade-deal-with-india.html

04/04/2022: Our greatest PM on the way forward in the Ukraine. With the discovery this morning of hundreds of civilians murdered by the Russians (if proven) the relative merits of each side become clearer. We cannot just stand by and allow such things. It is always a question of ‘Who’s turn next?’ https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/04/tony-abbott-on-the-russian-dictators-war-of-subjugation-in-ukraine.html

03/04/2022: I could add a few dot points to this agenda (to save Australia) but these 10 have to be a good start: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/an_open_letter_to_josh_frydenberg_include_our_10_policies_in_next_week_s_budget_and_win_big

03/04/2022: Our best PM on war: “We have to make the war that’s unthinkable to us for moral reasons, unthinkable to them for prudential reasons. We who shrink from war because it’s morally wrong have to make others shrink from war because they’d likely lose” (delivered three days before the invasion of Ukraine): https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/04/putins-war-and-the-lessons-of-history/

03/04/2022: Bushfire management – how the ‘experts’ are so often wrong – and with what disastrous results. The people tasked with protecting our crown lands are effectively destroying them: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2022/03/academic-expertise-so-thats-what-its-called/

03/04/2022: Scary stuff – our ‘education system at work,  “A survey commissioned by the IPA published last week asked 1000 people “if Australia was in the same position as Ukraine is now would you stay and fight or leave the country?”

Forty six per cent said they would stay and fight, 28 per cent said they would leave the country and 26 per cent were unsure. Just 32 per cent of those aged 18-24 said they would stay and fight and 40 per cent said they would leave the country, 28 per cent said they were unsure.

Slightly more (35 per cent) of those aged 25-34 said they would stay and fight while 38 per cent said they would leave the country, 27 per cent were unsure. A clear majority in those age groups therefore indicated they would either run or were undecided about defending Australia. I only wish they would leave now” https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/opinion/piers-akerman-disappointing-number-of-young-people-would-choose-flight-over-fight/news-story/eedaa2e77393ed5387a77fac3b5bdf84

02/04/2022: Announcement: Liberal Fact-Checkers Have Ruined April Fools' Day – and a lot else besides. Just about every day the news headlines sound like April Fools Day: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/kevindowneyjr/2022/04/01/announcement-liberal-fact-checkers-have-ruined-april-fools-day-n1586136

02/04/2022: Rat Colony Beneath D.C. Disgusted To Find City Infested With Politicians: https://babylonbee.com/news/rat-colony-beneath-dc-disgusted-to-find-city-infested-with-politicians

02/04/2022: Le Pen may get over the line this time – that would be an early swallow: https://www.france24.com/en/live-news/20220329-french-far-right-leader-le-pen-closing-gap-on-macron-polls

02/04/2022: A little war in the Ukraine and suddenly nuclear is popular again - and renewables stink: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/04/japan-flips-on-nuclear-it-tried-to-go-green-without-it-but-now-wants-to-reopen-closed-plants/

01/04/2022: Ultralight Survival Made Easy: I decided here to update the post The Complete Survival Guide (which you should still read) as it had become a little out-of-date in the three years since I wrote it and I had since written many other useful pieces of advice which I could incorporate in a new post, which this is.

I might have also called it, ‘I tell you we’ll astonish the new chums to see how we travel the land’ after the refrain from the old bush song The Springtime it Brings on the Shearing. (I also mentioned this song in the post Johnny Cakes – which you should try).

And it is a good point because these itinerant C19th bush workers with their swags (or blueys) were wonderful experts at ultralight journeying over the vast distances of the Australian outback which would put to shame any of our current generation. Suppose you wanted to make your own.

I remember reading ‘The Cattle King’ by Ion Idriess when I was a youngster about our great Aussie icon Sidney Kidman – and you should too. You can buy it from Amazon from $8.99. It is just quite wonderful. I believe Nicole is a remote descendant. I think Gina now owns much of the remaining Kidman ’empire’ – another wonderful ‘self-made Aussie hero, so it remains in Australian hands.

Even as an old man (like me) he would regularly leave Adelaide with just his saddle horse, pack horse and his cattle dog and within a few short weeks have crossed the entire continent through the trackless (often waterless) wilderness to the Gulf of Carpentaria – all by himself, and did so many, many times. Old hands still tell of how he would just appear in the darkness sitting by their campfire as they yarned over the billy. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/29/ultralight-survival-made-easy/

01/04/2022: Why you should not try to rob a gun store: https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/security-camera-captures-gun-store-owner-opening-fire-on-two-thieves-who-came-in-shooting-video/

01/04/2022: Heinlein’s  crazy years – the UK’s Opposition leader can’t say whether women have penises. Is he a grown up, or even a human being: https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/34109

01/04/2022: A Missing Link -  I have often wondered at some similarities of ideas amongst the Pre-Socratics and both Buddhism and Confucianism. No we learn that there was indeed intellectual contact at the time (c250 BC): https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/greek-buddhism-0016584

01/04/2022: What is truth? I don’t know Scott, you described Zelensky who came to power in a coup in 2014 and has recently outlawed opposition parties as a ‘beacon of democracy’ but figures seem to show what the Russian people are 80% behind Vlad Putin: https://extra.cw/putins-popularity-up-since-start-of-ukraine-conflict-poll/

31/03/2022: Hunting Tales: You will find many, many posts in this blog which mention hunting (particularly sambar deer hunting which has been a passion of mine for much of my adult life) but there are many more which are relevant to the art and skill of hunting.

I have been a hunter since I could walk over 70 years ago now as were several generations of my family before me. Hunting is a great good. It has been valued as such by most of the people who have ever lived for over a million years now. You can ‘deconstruct ‘ values all you like – it would be mighty strange indeed if they were wrong!

Some other posts which you might explore which are relevant to hunting are my many posts about woodslore and survival, my posts about DIY gear, some of my canoeing posts…often other posts contain anecdotes about hunting or relevant advice.

These posts will not be your ‘conventional’ hunting yarns with a dead critter at the end. While that might be the ‘end’ of hunting. It is only a small part of this great sport. They will very often be something quit different from what you are used to, but I hope you enjoy them. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/28/hunting-tales/

31/03/2022: Energy from nothing – what we have long thought impossible has apparently been done NB: his may one day work for your phone but it is unlikely to ever be grid scale. However, it does reveal that nature still has many surprises in wait for us: https://www.thebrighterside.news/post/scientists-build-circuit-that-generates-clean-limitless-power-from-graphene

31/03/2022: “The IPCC statement that The climate system is a coupled non-linear chaotic system, and therefore the long-term prediction of future climate states is not possible appears to be true: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/28/the-100000-year-problem-and-earths-chaotic-non-linear-climate/

In a similar vein, the climate past is far from settled: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/30/climate-past-far-from-settled-7-major-temperature-reconstructions-find-no-agreement/

31/03/2022: “Of the 32 (kindergarten) students I teach 20 of them have come out as LGBTQIA and have come out to me” – I seriously question the ‘right’ of teachers to discuss such private (and adult) issues with their students. I think I would be more in favour of removing such teachers from the classroom altogether. Surely there is no sane society where such matters are core curriculum: http://ace.mu.nu/archives/398431.php

31/03/2022: My sentiments exactly - Mad, bad and dangerous to vote for, “Put simply, when ideologues demand power but cannot maintain it politically because they are cruel ideologues that destroy what they touch, expect more of their insanity to follow.”: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/03/29/mad-bad-and-dangerous-to-vote-for/

30/03/2022: DIY $4 & 20 Gram Roll-Up Titanium Stove: I have just completed making this titanium version of my roll-up hobo stove (as threatened here) and the carbon fibre cosy to go with it. I started with a 500 mm by 100 mm piece of titanium sourced from Aliexpress for less than US4. As stated in my earlier post You can buy the titanium foil to make the 20 gram one from Aliexpress for A$3.87 delivered. I have marked off the circle/hexagon for the fire door here. Note the ‘V’ at the bottom and top so it will roll up and fit in the billy. The circle is 2 1/2″ (62mm) in diameter. The door is 1/2″ from the bottom. You can build it with just a pair of craft scissors, a drill and a pop riveter. I use stainless steel rivets so they will not melt. Here it is complete. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/28/diy-4-20-gram-roll-up-titanium-stove/

30/03/2022: The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife – we will be hearing more about this in the future depending on how much info is suppressed: https://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2020/08/ariel-sabar-what-happened-to-the-gospel-of-jesus-wife/615160/ As in https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/03/the-scandals-of-the-dead-sea-scrolls/ So much we still don’t know about the origins of ‘the world’s greatest religion’ and about the historicity (or otherwise) of Jesus himself.

30/03/2022: You would have to be nuts if you think there isn’t a ‘Deep State’ actually running things and that our ‘democracy’ is a fraud: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/fbi-didnt-want-the-hunter-biden-laptop-then-sat-on-it-then-whistleblowers-life-is-destroyed/

30/03/2022: Is Russia losing in the Ukraine? What is the truth? Who can know? They certainly have not succeeded as quickly as I assumed they would (which may be a deterrent to China vis a vis Taiwan in future) but they have certainly not withdrawn either: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/russia-ropes-ukraine/ 

Meanwhile, sanctions that work? https://instapundit.com/511785/

30/03/2022: When the Japanese arrived in the Solomons (during WW2) Australia was (rightly) deeply troubled – as we should be today by the Chinese: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/beijing_plans_on_a_military_base_off_the_coast_of_queensland

29/03/2022: Other Uses for a Garbage Bag: Many of you no doubt use a trash bag as a liner for your pack – which is a great use for them. As a spare ultralight raincoat is another. Still another is re-purposing one as a pad inflator (bag).  I almost never carry the inflator bag (because of the weight which came with my sleeping bag, preferring to dry it out properly when I get home and taking the chance that mould etc will shorten its life – but I am incurable.

You may prefer to make yourself a less than one ounce bag inflator with a trash bag and a bottle cap. You can use an ordinary drink bottle cap or if you hunt around you will find an even lighter alternative. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/27/other-uses-for-a-garbage-bag/

29/03/2022: Mighty Oaks: A lot of PC here (as compared with a single C19th French shepherd who famously reforested tens of thousands of acres with oaks in Southern France), but they are great trees which will grow practically anywhere. We have planted many (and particularly quite a few of evergreen varieties) though we will never see what becomes of them. A mature English Oak takes approx 800 years to grow and will cover about an acre and provide an understory for  other splendid trees such as chestnuts. Some of our holm oaks planted thirty years ago are around sixty feet tall now and amongst the most beautiful trees on the property: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-60617810

29/03/2022: If the mRNA ‘vaccines’ were never vaccines (as is now revealed) what was their purpose? I am so glad I resisted them. We stuck to Astra-Zenica and would now choose Novavax, if indeed we would not have been better off to just simply stick to known preventions and cures (some of which were made illegal in some jurisdictions by their medical establishments). I suspect what I had for months last year and which I cleared up with Ivermectin was in fact covid anyway. Lots of similar symptoms anyway. Likely Della had it (asymptomatically) too. We will never know. What a boondoggle this whole farrago was. There are certainly rumblings (of info) that these vaccines are having some very unpleasant downstream effects indeed (increases in cancers, AIDS-like symptoms etc particularly after multiple jabs). Let’s hope it doesn’t pan out to be true: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/03/what_if_the_covid19_vaccines_are_not_really_vaccines.html

Surely this is proof that it is weakening their immune systems too: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/latest-cdc-data-shows-vaccinated-children-aged-5-11-now-likely-catch-covid-unvaccinated-peers/

No doubt Clive is right (ie he would have died). How many other less fortunate folk have indeed died because of unnecessary and draconian interventions by the likes of Dictator Dan who should be indicted and executed for crimes against humanity: https://www.rebelnews.com/australian_mining_magnate_s_controversial_covid_treatment

29/03/2022: Has to be a good news story, surely? https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/new-zealand-massey-universitys-queer-fat-studies-lecturer-fatlicious-feminist-dies-suddenly-sleep-42/

29/03/2022: Absolutely right Alan Moran, You can't save the world with Net Zero. Such green fantasies will have exactly the opposite effect: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/03/you-cant-save-the-world-with-net-zero/

70% of Australians don’t even want to send $1 a week to reach net zero yet such a policy would cost trillions be hugely economically and socially destructive. We must cease this madness forthwith: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/70-of-australians-dont-even-want-to-spend-1-a-week-on-net-zero/

28/03/2022: Ultralight Ratchet Tie Down: Here’s a handy little gadget I picked up from Bunnings yesterday for A$14 per pair (Mar 2022)

Each 6′ (1.8 metre) tie down weighs 44 grams. Each metal hook seems to weigh about 10 grams whilst the plastic ratchet itself weighs only 14 grams so that if you wanted to dispense with the hooks for weight you could. You could also substitute a different length/weight of 3 mm cord if you wanted a device which was longer/shorter. I can envisage numerous uses for such a device including a secure means of attaching your pack to your pack raft or hauling your shower into the air from a branch.

They also come in 2.4 metre lengths. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/27/ultralight-ratchet-tie-down/

28/03/2022: Further evidence Russia may be losing in Ukraine: https://www.jpost.com/international/article-702428

28/03/2022: Fortunately other things have eclipsed the ‘climate strike’ but I have to agree with the author about the quite dreadful manipulation and corruption of the children involved: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/03/27/lord-of-the-flies/

28/03/2022: An interesting anniversary I missed a couple of days back. Reminiscent of events in that part of the world today? https://www.ancientpages.com/2017/03/24/on-this-day-in-history-turco-mongol-emperor-timur-sacks-damascus-on-mar-24-1401/?fbclid=IwAR04ma_pgtFjmZXvFFh6VL0Xzm9tWbuAHjNO_I77Zhk6st8nFEarlstbwrA

28/03/2022: 3,000+ Years! You just can’t challenge Israel’s right to exist: https://www.timesofisrael.com/archaeologist-claims-to-find-oldest-hebrew-text-in-israel-including-the-name-of-god/

27/03/2022: Responsible Sambar Deer Hunting: As I recover from my total knee replacement operation (five weeks now -and going well so far, thank you), every morning my attention is drawn to this sight outside my kitchen window. I know as a responsible farmer I should not allow this guy even to exist, but no-one is perfect - and it is so cute and will soon succumb to some awful disease anyway. (The blackberry also craves attention).

NB If you took a second or two to see the rabbit (I would have seen it instantly) it is because you are not ‘looking through’ but ‘looking at’. This is the most important hunting skill, and the first you must master.

He first cleans himself diligently then lies in the sun on his tummy like that for over an hour every morning on a little platform he has constructed under a shrub on the slope behind the house. This is a well-established habit. All creatures fall into a pattern of such habits - even human beings. A moment's refection of your daily routines will cause you to admit that you are no different in this than your wild brethren. The successful hunter can utilise careful observation and such recurring habits to ensure success in harvesting nature's annual bounty for the table.

And that is what responsible hunting is - it is not pest management. Its goal is not the eradication of some undesirable feral species but the careful nurture and management of a noble creature and desirable food source. Just as a farmer (such as me) manages his flocks to ensure that they increase and multiply each year (and are healthy and content) to the maximum extent of the available food source so that in autumn when that food supply begins to decline they will be sent off to market for the benefit of other people's tables rather than slowly starve as the lean times of winter hit. This is nature's cycle.

Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/27/responsible-sambar-deer-hunting/

27/03/2022: Golden Earrings (1947) – what a ripper of a film. Ray Milland’s segue of facial expressions on seeing the earrings in the first minutes of the film is one of the greatest acting feats of the cinema: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Earrings PS It is available on Pirate Bay.

27/03/2022: A New Birth Control Pill for Men. This could be interesting – but will women accept that you have taken it? https://scitechdaily.com/new-male-birth-control-pill-effectively-prevents-pregnancy-without-side-effects/

27/03/2022: Now seems clear the Bidens (father and son – 10% for ‘The Big Guy’ if you remember) actually funded the biolabs in the Ukraine: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/not-only-were-there-us-bioweapons-lab-but-the-presidents-son-put-half-a-million-dollars-in-them/

Also note How the ‘Trump Won’ Movement Will Be Vindicated: https://amgreatness.com/2022/03/25/how-the-trump-won-movement-will-be-vindicated/

27/03/2022: Of course I think they are useless bird and bat chomping monsters which will never produce a net watt of electricity but absurd isn’t it? We lived nearly half our lives within 5km of the (late - alas) beautiful Hazelwood Power Station (when will we have the courage/sense to build a new one?) which was definitely a noisy old (1956) thing. I could often hear it roaring from our house (not quite all the time, though when we first came here my hearing was such that I could hear a low moan from its chimneys most of the time) but I accepted the small inconvenience as the price we paid for having such a wonderful service (electricity) at our fingertips – and all the economic and social benefits for millions of Victorians that ensued: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/26/its-a-disaster-aussie-noise-nuisance-court-defeat-panicking-renewable-energy-investors/  & https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/victorian-windfarm-loses-court-case-on-noise-must-turn-off-turbines-at-night/

27/03/2022: You would think the Government and the IPCC would have been on top of data like this (as with similar unreconstructed thermometer records going back to the C17th some places – and other historical data, some much older), but they are captive to a climate change scenario and myth so it is up to citizens to correct the record. You will note that the record wet and dry years are now pushed back to the 1850s. I have no doubt that the same thing would happen with temperature records if earlier records were counted in. We can see this already eg in the Cape Otway Vic historical data and in the earliest Sydney (1790s) temperatures, as I have mentioned before.: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/26/rescued-victorian-rainfall-data-smashes-former-records/

26/03/2022: Visual Hiking Oxymoron- please don't make these bizarre ankle breaking wildfire causing stone cairns - and why in an isolated spot would you need a chainsaw?

May be an image of tree, nature and text that says 'THE CLOSER YOU GET TO NATURE THE FURTHER YOU ARE FROM IDIOTS'

26/03/2022: Are you a woman – twelve signs to look for: https://babylonbee.com/news/are-you-a-woman-12-signs-to-look-for

If only it wasn’t so sinister: https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/robert-spencer/2022/03/25/think-you-know-what-a-woman-is-usa-today-says-science-should-make-you-think-again-n1584248

26/03/2022: Aside from the ‘mean girls’ fiasco and Albo’s massage parlor antics the Labor Party has other chickens which have still to come home to roost: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/kathy-sherriff-announces-shes-launched-a-civil-action-against-bill-shorten-alleging-rape.html

26/03/2022: Now even the New York Times admits that the Bidens are crooks surely their demise is imminent. This dreadful fake ‘Presidency’ will not last beyond the mid-terms (in November). (I include the awful Kamala Harris in this). Democracy may even re-emerge in the ‘Land of the Free’: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/america-is-finding-out-the-presidents-son-cheated-the-media-buried-it-the-fbi-hid-it/

26/03/2022: Once you go to the ‘real science’ you can trust it. Understanding it is more difficult! However, in this example, “IPCC’s goal (aside from frightening the public) is to determine the ECS, the Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity, which is the surface temperature rise (∆Tsurf) due to a doubling of CO2 concentration. They are free to speculate, of course, but they are intellectually obligated to see whether their ECS makes sense. All they have to do is to apply the Stefan-Boltzmann law to their predicted temperature rise.

If they do so, they will find out that 16.4 W/m2 (for a 3oC) rise in radiative flux is violently in contradiction to the 3.71 W/m2 of “radiative forcing” that their models say causes that 3oC temperature rise. They are free to come up with an explanation, but they first have to apply the Stefan-Boltzmann law to their ECS. Maybe in a few more decades, IPCC will make this discovery.” One thing is certain: ‘The Science’ certainly seems to cause mass hysteria: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/24/basic-climate-physics-10/

25/03/2022: NIKE Releases New Women's Swimsuit With Extra Space For Male Genitalia: https://babylonbee.com/news/nike-releases-new-womens-swimsuit-with-extra-space-for-male-genitalia

25/03/2022: This Romanian MP is (unfortunately) so right. You can’t be a great light for democracy when you threw it all away over covid. Much of the West’s reaction to Putin is of this nature. You have a very short memory if you can’t recall Dictator Dan’s treatment of our citizens and ‘freedoms’: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/trudeau-roasted-as-a-dictator-in-the-eu-we-watched-you-trample-women-with-horses/

25/03/2022: An outstanding family – putting your money where your mouth is: https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ivanka-trump-meals-ukrainian-refugees

25/03/2022: It appears as if for one generation at least, the covid mandate was worse than the Vietnam War: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/shocking-millennials-experienced-worst-ever-excess-mortality-history-84-increase-deaths-causes-vaccine-mandates-introduced-video/ PS: I recently lost a (young) friend in this way - a few (older) in Vietnam too, of course in the ‘normal’ way, & https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/additional-data-corroborates-excess-deaths-among-millennials-since-experimental-vaccines-mandated-confirms-covid-not-cause/ It certainly appear as if it was the vaccine (mRNA) and not covid. Let’s hope this technology is not a ticking bomb.

I don’t know what to make of this message I received from a friend. It would be truly horrifying if true, but there is a lot of this stuff out there: https://www.facebook.com/messenger_media/?thread_id=1487568149&attachment_id=708801196780080&message_id=mid.%24cAABa89gvkI-F1qKixF_pV1ZJQJJ9

24/03/2022: Now two advantages of Antabuse: you don’t get blind or blind drunk: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-03-antabuse-revive-vision-people-disorders.html

24/03/2022: A very interesting new drug – good news for the elderly: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2022-03-oral-drug-death-covid-mice.html

24/03/2022: Giving a big cheer to the Daily Wire: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/cancelling-cancel-culture-when-being-anti-woke-is-not-a-secret-but-a-selling-point/

24/03/2022: No way to confirm this story, but hubris and over-reach are the bare bones of  tragedy: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10641565/Russian-execution-squads-orders-kill-defectors-writes-IAN-BIRRELL.html

24/03/2022: Vlad ‘fueled’ the greens’ war on fracking (even though just about everywhere is sitting on a virtually infinite supply of cheap gas). They are gullible fools after all, eager to take anyone’s money so they can destroy ‘capitalism’: https://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/putins-fake-fracking-news/ & https://www.rationaloptimist.com/blog/frack-to-the-future/ Who is in charge of our governments? Vladimir Putin or the people of Australia? I see news this morning that Vlad is insisting Europe pays for its gas in roubles. On the other hand there are rumours of mass defections amongst Russian troops. Where is truth? If Vlad falls (and the greens lose their cash cow) will they fall with him?

23/03/2022: How Randomized Control Trials really work: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/rct-study-shows-parachutes-make-no-difference-when-jumping-from-aircraft/

23/03/2022: 5,000 exo-planets so far – how many more once James Web  becomes fully functional? Still only the tip of the iceberg but what is becoming clear is that planetary systems (around solar masses – and elsewhere even) is the norm. It would be hard to imagine that life has not arisen on some of them and that indeed in some places that it has not evolved into intelligent life (even on earth?): https://scitechdaily.com/cosmic-milestone-nasa-confirms-5000-exoplanets-it-is-inevitable-that-well-find-some-kind-of-life-somewhere/

23/03/2022: Proof: All for nothing – no change in human CO2 enmissions will make the slightest difference to the climate: “Anthropogenic CO2 is virtually constant compared to the seasonal variations of the natural sources and sinks.  The monthly anthropogenic flux change is much smaller than the uncertainty in the net global monthly flux changes.  Therefore, there is no support for the claims about anthropogenic CO2 driving the annual changes.  The seasonal natural source fluxes swamp the anthropogenic sources.  Eliminating anthropogenic CO2 would have a negligible impact on annual increases, which is why the pandemic lockdowns had an imperceptible effect on the global atmospheric concentrations.  I do not expect even draconian reductions in anthropogenic CO2 to have the kind of results claimed to justify eliminating fossil fuel use.  The annual growth in CO2 is a result of increasing natural sources that is not compensated by commensurate increases in sinks.” https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/22/anthropogenic-co2-and-the-expected-results-from-eliminating-it/

23/03/2022: Good Lord – the Ukrainians are castrating captured Russian soldiers, but they are ‘the good guys’? That’s about as bad as it gets. When did you last hear of prisoners of war treated thus? As I have said before I’m not about to throw away any of my lives fighting for either side in this war, however if you really expect ‘right’ to be on your side you should perhaps make a little more effort to distinguish yourself eg as being pro democracy (instead of outlawing all opposition parties - some with 43 member in Parliament and also fighting the Russians) as Zelensky has just done. One should note that he came to power in 2014 in a coup ousting the elected government and has failed to have ‘free and fair’ elections since (particularly in the ‘disputed’ territories). Then there is the issue of his secret NATO bases, the Biolabs, and work being conducted on developing nuclear weapons – all these things clearly aimed at making an attack on Russia in the future (under the aegis of Nato etc). At present I see Zelensky as somewhat of a Macbeth figure willing to see his country destroyed (less he be) or ‘wish the estate o' the world were now undone’ as Macbeth says. Vlad is certainly not a good guy’ either and ought not be visiting the horror we see daily on the people of Ukraine, but there are always at least two sides to any conflict : https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/tucker-carlson-is-ukraine-really-a-democracy/ & https://nationalinterest.org/feature/true-solution-tragedy-ukraine-201302 I suspect that this is too much to be hoped for, “There is, therefore, only one true solution to the cycle of tragedy. As the famed Welsh social critic Raymond Williams wrote in his classic, Modern Tragedy, it is a “quite different peacemaking that would attempt to resolve rather than to cover the determining tragic disorder. Any such resolution would mean changing ourselves, in fundamental ways.”

22/03/2022: Adventures in Plumbing – be a little more careful what you flush: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/adventures-in-plumbing/

22/03/2022: A great essay by Keith Windschuttle on the causes of war: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2022/03/the-causes-of-war/

No, I am not generally in  favour of war but it would be nice to think that one’s ‘own side’ were the ‘good guys’: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/03/21/what-was-the-2014-euromaidan-coup-in-ukraine-and-why-does-it-matter/

22/03/2022: The (‘Liberal’) loss in SA surely gives a clear lesson that you do not defeat socialists by aping them (as Marshall sought to do) Behind a paywall but well worth a read. (Andrew Bolt) It had already happened in WA after all: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-liberals-can-learn-a-valuable-lesson-from-steven-marshalls-election-loss/news-story/441c33d662e035bfa16480ebfae696db) Oh Yes: “The next Liberal government, with the support of such independents, must purge itself of the fifth column of climate cultists within its ranks if it is to have any hope of keeping this nation strong and safe.” https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/03/the-rope-the-chair-the-noose/

22/03/2022: Can Civilisation Be Saved? Substitute for the subject term ‘The West’, ‘Australia’, ‘The World’, etc the problem remains the same. We are beset by enemies all around –and within. They are foes both physical, intellectual and spiritual – and they are very, very potent – and persistent. I have long since given up on understanding what their aims might be. I’m not sure that they have any - save naked power (control), nihilism, the absence of any values, the destruction and abolition of everything which has come before, the replacement of everything with something else or indeed with nothing at all. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity.” – as Yeats termed it (‘An Irish Airman Foresees His Death’). I see this trend in every smallest aspect of our lives, and though I fight it with the last shred of my being, I fear that the end is nigh, that the forces of darkness are on the cusp of ultimate victory and that the world will go down into a darkness from which it might never arise again, certainly not in my lifetime. We will not be rescued from this fate by a King Arthur or a Lancelot – we must cleave to much more flawed heroes I’m afraid: the Donald Trumps and Scott Morrisons, even Clive Palmer. Tony Abbott is needed here now more than ever, but I fear we have lost him. Maybe Eric Zamour in France. A new leader must arise in the UK. Nigel Farage perhaps? We must watch and wait with our fingers crossed. If Morrison wins our election in May & Donald Trump is returned (as Speaker and then President) in November, and Zemour takes France, and Johnson is replaced with a real conservative in the UK, then there is hope. If all of these things fail, there may not be any. We are watching ‘The ‘Great Battle of Civilisation’ – as Yeats termed it, not unlike the final battle in the ‘Lord of the Rings’: https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/long-legged-fly/

21/03/2022:  “I have no reason to believe that he who would take away my liberty would not when he had me in his power take away everything else,” John Locke.

21/03/2022: What’s The Long Game Behind Fat Pride? I don’t know whether to join this movement or go on a crash diet: https://www.iwf.org/2022/03/17/whats-the-long-game-behind-fat-pride/

21/03/2022: Taiwan may indeed be more difficult to conquer than the Ukraine (and it is likely the Taiwanese would have significant help eg from Japan): https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/china_may_find_that_taiwan_is_a_hard_nut_to_crack.html

21/03/2022: Meanwhile this is very like the capitalists selling the communists the rope with which to hang them(selves): https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/03/19/germany-france-other-eu-members-sold-huge-stocks-of-arms-to-russia-before-invasion-despite-embargo/

Mind you that great ‘democrat’ Zelensky has now decided to institute a one party state in the Ukraine: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/sovereign-democracy-ukraine-zelenskyy-suspends-11-opposition-parties-becoming-head-one-party-state/

21/03/2022: I will extinguish these folks properly if they come to let my tyres down – so over holier than thou bullies and save the world cranks who have no idea how the world actually works. As an example also the anti duck hunting brigade who are so out of touch with the natural world they refuse to understand that seasonal breeding each year creates a surplus of creatures which must be humanely harvested or else they starve the following winter when there is not enough food to sustain them. Who would have thought anti-theft valve locks would be a thing? Who steals air? Well, these people just by breathing. If only we could charge them for it there would soon be many fewer of them (as welfare may not necessarily provide free air – at least not if I was in charge): https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/climate-vandals-are-coming-to-let-down-your-suv-tyres-if-only-they-had-evidence-to-persuade-you-instead/

20/03/2022: Of Course We’re Living in a Simulation. The only people who absolutely disagree are, well, scientists. They need to get over themselves and join the fun: https://www.wired.com/story/living-in-a-simulation/

20/03/2022: Putin really does have a hypersonic missile, ergo he can ‘afford’ to have a nuclear war. Very disturbing news. Maybe we should stay out of this: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/russia-deploys-hypersonic-kinzhal-superweapon/

Now just exactly how many wars are going on right now: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ongoing_armed_conflicts

20/03/2022: Really strange the way the Left has come out on the side of Zelensky (and eg the awful Azov Battalion) until now clearly a ‘white supremacist’ and indeed ‘Neo-Nazi’, instead of Vlad Putin until now clearly the obvious heir of the (communist) USSR – which should have inspired them. Mind you they have never been very clever, but ‘politics makes strange bedfellows’. Next thing you know the Left will be backing capitalism – and Donald Trump. I go too far! No matter what happens they will not become sane.

20/03/2022: What does inflation mean? Tucker’s take. “The standard of living is plummeting”. It is deeply worrying, yet our masters do not seem deeply concerned about this, yet the average housewife and wage earner must surely be. You don’t think this could be(come) the major election issue come May? (Video starts about 20 seconds in) eg, “The internal combustion engine is a miracle upon which all civilization depends”. Oh Yes: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/watch-live-tucker-carlson-opening-statement-3/

In the same vein: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/the_us_must_face_an_existential_threat_but_its_not_climate_change.html

‘You know there’s a problem when the price of beer is up 5 percent’… https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/you-know-theres-a-problem-when-the-price-of-beer-is-up-5-percent/

19/03/2022: I usually hate music (and particularly as sound effect or score/background in films which ruin the dialogue for me - being substantially deaf) but this was really great: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGzK2SwG5io&t=120s

19/03/2022: So True: In his science fiction novel Nemesis, Isaac Asimov describes a female character as possessing the "unloveable virtues": Serious, Practical, Responsible, Dutiful. My wife is also beautiful.

19/03/2022: Two sides to what’s going on in the Ukraine? Surely not: https://newcatallaxy.blog/2022/03/17/in-the-ukraine-there-are-apparently-two-sides-to-the-story/

19/03/2022: This is what your elite leftist masters have in store for you (and me). Hair shirts for the hoi poloi and dachas for the commissars – it was ever thus. We need to make a huge effort to avoid this. Our traditional Oz complacency (‘She’ll be right mate’) will not cut it.  The coming elections must be a wholesale rejection of these left-wing notions including those who have infiltrated the Liberal and National Parties. Where that is the case those members need to be replaced by more conservative folks such as Lib Dems, One Nation, UAP, Fishers & Shooters & etc even if some of these people may seem to lack the competency to run the country. I had not noticed that the two main parties actually overflow with outstanding competency either! https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/iea-wants-energy-lockdowns-drive-slower-ban-cars-on-sunday-ride-share-and-blame-putin/ (PS: IEA = International Energy Agency)

19/03/2022: Maybe at the 11th hour the world can pull back from the Green Armageddon: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/a-kalibr-missile-just-hit-net-zero-germany-wakes-old-coal-plants-uk-talks-of-backflip-on-gas-oil-fracking-too/

Add these into that equation. For example: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/16/no-amount-of-incremental-wind-and-solar-power-can-ever-provide-energy-independence/  & https://www.manhattancontrarian.com/blog/2022-3-14-no-amount-of-incremental-wind-and-solar-power-can-ever-provide-energy-independence & https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/16/green-fuel-folly-forest-thinning-for-wood-pellet-production-has-a-profound-surface-warming-impact/

18/03/2022: Just a reminder: how burning fossil fuels is greening the planet: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-nsU_DaIZE&feature=player_embedded#

18/03/2022: Mark Twain, “I was educated once and it took me years to get over it” So true.

18/03/2022: You can’t even imagine these shrieking nutters choosing such a logo – have they never seen a set of male genitals? Well, probably not: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/at-work/controversial-womens-network-logo-taken-down-after-twitter-backlash/news-story/fd5e2d01baa384d2d5b4e20fe86fe0e1

18/03/2022: “This is the way the world ends not with a bang but a whimper,” TS Eliot ‘The Hollow Men’: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/saudi-arabia-to-accept-yuan-for-chinese-oil-sales/ Maybe time to invest in gold. I have been studying up on what’s available from the Perth Mint. They sure have some pretty coins and do home delivery: https://www.perthmint.com/shop/bullion/bullion-coins/?archived=false&page=2&pageSize=12&query=&sortValue=0

18/03/2022: You might not have heard much about the ‘global cooling’ era we are entering or its impact on the food supply but this article is a reminder of the importance of successful home gardening. I already warned about the dangers of the coming ‘stagflation’ event last week so get your finances in order – times are likely to get tougher and governments world-wide have shot their bolts over the imaginary enemy (covid) and have nothing in their war-chests for the very real dangers ahead. In any case, as I have observed many times before government is the problem, not the solution. We will (thankfully) have to get by with less and less of it in the decades to come. My suggestion has long been to wind it back by 10% per year until it disappears up its own fundament. BTW If you haven’t noticed that government kills more people than any other single thing you just haven’t been watching: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/food_shortages_soon_come__what_to_do.html

17/03/2022: SSDs: Have you bought one of these yet? 40 Grams. Still working out how to get stuff in/out of it to my Android phone – but you can https://www.officeworks.com.au/shop/officeworks/p/sandisk-1tb-e30-portable-ssd-black-sde30ss1tb I teamed mine with one of these: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2019/11/23/ultralight-charging-cable/

Mind you 1 Tb Micro sd cards are now $214: https://www.amazon.com.au/SanDisk-Ultra-microSDXC-Memory-Adapter/dp/B08HCPTMJG/ref=asc_df_B08HCPTMJG?tag=bingshopdesk-22&linkCode=df0&hvadid=80676739598376&hvnetw=s&hvqmt=e&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=&hvtargid=pla-4584276306375179&psc=1

17/03/2022: Many Thanks. A friend of mine (Brett) has solved a mystery for me (from 28/02):This video explains there’s a hidden device in its base: https://youtu.be/Y5dylh2aOiw

17/03/2022: While we are on the topic of reparations for past wrongs (I want some too) No, really I don’t. Though it is true that my ancestors were forced off their ancient lands (eg by the ‘Enclosure Acts) and then many transported for life to Australia Felix in the early C19th (and so on), I have enjoyed a wonderful life right here with the greatest woman imaginable. No-one ‘owes’ me anything.: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/john-cleese-the-romans-the-normans-need-to-pay-reparations-to-the-british.html

17/03/2022: How aboriginal (and mountain cattlemen) fire management really worked – and why it is a disaster to abandon it: https://quadrant.org.au/opinion/doomed-planet/2022/03/blackfellas-whitefellas-greenfellas-and-fire/

17/03/2022: Move over Buck Rogers, Neil Armstrong, Elon Musk etc, etc. You are just so patriarchal: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/feminisms-final-frontier-spaceships-are-too-phallic-so.html

16/03/2022: DIY Ultralight Shoulder Pouches: I sewed up a couple of shoulder strap pouches (for Best $20 Backpack) from some 2 oz/yd2 ripstop nylon. I guess these are about 3/4 of a litre each, maybe a litre. They can contain an interesting assortment of items you might want to access quickly as you walk along. Spare ammunition, chewing gum etc.

I attached them with an ingenious method I ‘stole’ from Joe Valesko (Zpacks) though I have no idea whether he still uses them. They came on my first old pack from him – a long since discontinued model, worse luck. Simpler is frequently better – and certainly cheaper. Anyway it is a simple ‘button and loop’ design with a length of cord which works to stop them slipping down. Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/15/diy-ultralight-shoulder-pouches/

16/03/2022: What a hero she is: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/her-majesty-the-queens-message-on-commonwealth-day.html

16/03/2022: ‘Why study English’, they say. Because it is utterly astonishing and you don’t know what you are missing if you don’t: https://www.scottishpoetrylibrary.org.uk/poem/the-twa-corbies/ Warning: may actually take some effort. Sorry. No, not sorry. I can’t see that AR or AI can ever replace the intelligence needed to study and understand a text. Comprehension is key.

16/03/2022: Banning Rail Guns just seems to me like so much virtue signaling. These things are unlikely to become anywhere near as effective as DIY pipe guns (that anyone can make with a few basic tools for probably $10) anytime soon. Eg: https://hackaday.com/2015/11/09/the-most-powerful-diy-railgun/ especially when you should understand that it is already a damned sight easier and cheaper to buy an illegal firearm (eg a Glock) than it is to buy (and licence) the legal alternative. Have a nose around docklands, western suburbs and other sleazy pubs and you will see what I mean. If you have a lazy grand you can have a pistol pretty much the same day. And this at a time when I would advocate for making the compulsory ownership  of military semi-automatic weapons pretty much compulsory for lawful citizens as part of any sane defence strategy.

16/03/2022: If you have to choose between these two, there really is no choice. Anthony Albanese has really never even run a billy cart with a pig net over it let alone a country. He can also barely speak in case you haven’t noticed! He should be PM? You would have to be kidding: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/righto-fact-checkers-lets-hook-into-this.html

15/03/2022: Best $20 Backpack: Modifying Amazon’s G4 Free. Inflation has bitten a little since I wrote the previous post (below) such that  now this excellent backpack costs $US 22.99 at Amazon instead of the US$19.99 I paid back in March 2018. That’s inflation at 3.75% per year by the way. Still a lot cheaper than a plus $300 backpack which will do nothing more – or even do it half so well.

Since then I carried mine to (beyond) Dingboche on the Everest Base Camp trail – and many other places besides – though our travels have been somewhat curtailed recently like everyone else’s by covid, or at least its restrictions.

You can see in this post EBC Gear List me carrying mine just outside Pangboche over 5 km up in the sky. The backpack carried everything we needed for a ten day walking trip (including rain gear, spare clothes, survival, satellite communication (2) cooking, sleeping and shelter equipment (for -20C temperatures). It weighed a little over 6 kg. Della’s was nearer 5kg.  Almost no food and minimal water. You can buy it on the way And was outstandingly comfortable.

I hardly noticed I was carrying it (at 70+ years old) though my worn out knee was ‘killing me’ back then – which is why I had it replaced last month. It had been causing me significant pain for nearly a decade now. This used to be called ‘manning up’ and was considered a virtue. See I Kneed You

Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/14/best-20-backpack/

15/03/2022: Thank goodness Zachary Rolfe has been acquitted of shooting a mad dog. He should never have been charged in the first place. What do people think we have police for? So they can just stand aside and watch crazed idiots maim and injure people – including fellow policemen? https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-14/nt-police-association-rolfe-not-guilty-independent-investigation/100905574

15/03/2022: An interesting speculation – one thing is sure: most weather has a natural cause. Haven’t seen a blue moon or a ‘year without a summer’ for a while as were caused by previous mighty eruptions: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/did-volcanic-dust-from-hunga-tonga-cause-flooding-in-australia/

Cause and Effect are wonderful: The eruption of the Indonesian island of Tambora in 1816 plunged the world into ‘darkness’ for around a year, causing massive crop failures, the year without a summer, and widespread starvation in Europe for example. It also brought us blood-red sunsets and ‘blue moons’ on account of all the red dust in the sky. Also surprisingly it brought us the wonderful novel ‘Frankenstein’ on account of Mary Wolstencraft (Shelley) having to stay indoors all summer due to the colder than normal weather - and needing something to do!

15/03/2022: Prospero : “O brave new world That has such people in't!” https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/transgender-serial-killer-shopped-99-cent-store-murder-victims-dismembered-leg-video/

15/03/2022: Three days’ training and then off to war! I know you will say, ‘This will never work’ but you should remember that the boys who saved us at Kokoda were taught to fire .303s on the ships sailing up to Moresby, yet then they stopped the toughest most experienced jungle fighters in the world who had overrun trained soldiers all over SE Asia. One thing is sure, you will never win a war unless you have soldiers who are willing to die. If you have sufficient numbers of them you will win. There are lessons about this from recent Russian history for example (which Putin ought to have remembered). Napoleon’s and Hitler’s invasions met vast numbers of (ill-equipped) Russians who were willing to die. They died in dreadful numbers, but the invaders died too – and failed. Both Napoleon and Hitler lost whole armies, and ultimately their empires too: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-60724560

Mind you they are in dire straights and may well lose: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/clear-situation-ukraine-desperate-video-week-ago-getting-worse-zelensky-hanging/

14/03/2022: Zpacks Solo Plex Tent: This morning I received an ad for this tent on Facebook (as you do). Zpack Plex Solo Tent. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, they say. I’m sure this is not the case here but this tent is so, so , like my original Deer Hunter’s Tent which evolved from my Tyvek Solo Fire Shelter that the similarities are eerie – and at the time (last century?) nothing like this existed.

Of course this is most likely because the laws of physics/geometry are immutable so that (eventually) you find there really is only one way to do any thing. I did however (originally) post the design, measurements and instructions (on my old website) then deleted them as I realized: 1. I might want to commercialise them in future and 2. Someone else might do so first.However, no doubt they can be found on the Wayback Machine.

I notice Six Moon Designs have a similarly designed tent so it is probably just ‘parallel evolution’. They are welcome to my design now anyway, as Della long since decided ‘we’ would not be launching any new business ventures, but just enjoy life instead – and she’s the boss, as in most homes I’m sure.

I am not so keen on Dyneema as Joe is (though I understand he has made it his trademark material). It is (slightly) lighter (at from  .48 oz) than the best silnylon materials (Ripsopbytheroll’s .77oz/yd2) but I am not convinced that the very slight weight advantages are worth the risk of using such very delicate materials. That being said, it is enormously easier to repair with sticky tape! It is tricky to cut and sew,but Joe has been doing it so long he has no doubt worked out all the ‘wrinkles’ in doing it.

A very slight hole in the plastic film covering is very hard to find and spot though. Non-woven dyneema material does also tend to ‘shred’ away with use , something I am not very fond of. I have had this happen with a number of packs which if they had been made from a slightly heavier woven fabric would have lasted several times as long. You are paying very big money for this special material (something like $25 a yard – and it is narrower) as compared with $5-7 a yard for (‘ordinary’) silnylon.

Read More: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2022/03/13/zpack-plex-solo-tent/

14/03/2022: Putin’s crossing the Rubicon was an enormous financial mistake – but not just for Russia. I said this before he made the move and it is certainly playing out. Ukraine was (economically) worthless to Russia. This is bad news for Russian housewives, some of whom are too young to remember queuing for empty shelves. Unfortunately for the rest of us it is bad news too as shortages, supply chains and prices ramp up. Many of you are too young too to remember the stagflation of the 70’s and etc. If you have not already got your debt under control do so now. If long-term fixed interest home loans are still available get one. If not, sell now and buy something you really can afford. (note my yesterday’s post about home ownership). Plant a veggie garden. Sell your new car and buy a 90s era mechanical vehicle which you can fix yourself – a Land Rover would be a good choice. Learn to hunt. Tough times are likely coming: https://www.commentary.org/noah-rothman/russians-wanted-the-soviet-union-back-they-got-it/

14/03/2022: Africa’s ‘Great Green Wall’. I haven’t been there but I suspect this is a swindle – as with so much green bull. Because of an increase in CO2 in the atmosphere over the last little while there has been an enormous mushrooming of greenery world-wide - more than the area of two Australia’s intoto (as seen by NASA satellites). I have posted about this before (eg 07/11/2021). There is no need to plant trees massively when they are sprouting all over the place even more massively – but if it makes you feel good… https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/africas-great-green-wall-begins-rise

14/03/2022: Imagine warning that having a nuclear war might cause a climate problem – are we back to the ‘Nuclear Winter’ scenario which we were all supposed to fear back in the 70s: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/the-atlantic-warns-that-nuclear-war-is-a-climate-problem-and-you-thought-bombs-were-ok/

14/03/2022: President Trump is just great – I just can’t wait to see him back in the White House for another six years come November: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/president-trump-biden-is-crawling-around-the-globe-begging-for-oil-from-saudi-arabia-iran-venezuala.html

13/03/2022: This is as true today as it was in 1854: "Most men are needlessly poor all of their lives because they think they must have such a house as their neighbors have." Henry David Thoreau, 'Walden’ - one of my favourite books. You can still build a small modest house yourself for perhaps $20K. Also so far as I know the ‘minimum’ house is still only a bit over 2 squares ie 25 square metres which should not cost more than about $5K. I have been working on designs for wilderness accommodation (for four) which are much smaller than this (around 6 square metres) and well under $500. I will be posting my designs soon. Of course you have to find a block of land too – blocks still exist out there for under $40K, some even under $30K. Some of these are quite large and have power and water. The one at McMahons Creek looks nice: https://www.realestate.com.au/buy/property-land-between-0-50000-in-vic/list-1 NB There are still probably ways to get your hands on some land for less than this – as Thoreau did after all. We (now) have a very big house (it grew over the years to over 200 square metres plus verandahs) but I doubt it cost us much more than $40K. I would think I could still build it today for under $100K.

13/03/2022: When they thaw Walt’s head out and bring him back to life – it can’t be long now – there will be big changes at Disney World.

13/03/2022: It is coming. Beware: You don’t know what ‘cancel culture’ means until they cancel your credit card and ID card: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/coming-to-a-civilization-near-you-the-totalitarians-wet-dream-a-central-bank-digital-currency/

13/03/2022: This could very easily get worse: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQ4-vqO0oQ4&t=97s

12/03/2022: If you are a patriotic Australian who doesn’t want to part with too much of your hard-earned to outfit yourself, try these folks. I am looking very smart at present and for about 2/3rds of the cost of local stores. This is all good gear too which employs Aussies and will last. The King Gee Cool Work Trousers in a super tough ripstop cotton come in a beautiful green (as well as black, blue and khaki) for example for A$56. Cheaper and more durable than any pair of jeans: https://everythingaustralian.com.au/


12/03/2022: A (climactic) voice of sanity: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/09/wuwt-contest-winner-professional-2nd-place-is-there-really-a-climate-crisis/


12/03/2022: They work for us – that’ll be the day: https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/33561


12/03/2022: Whoa! Let him walk home or see if Elon can fetch him? The pronouns are more important anyways, surely? https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/matt-margolis/2022/03/11/russia-might-abandon-a-u-s-astronaut-on-iss-but-nasa-is-worried-about-pronouns-n1565829


12/03/2022: The same people who tried to hide the truth about Pfizer vaccines (1223 died during the 3 months ‘trial’ -  to ‘prove’ it safe) also tried to hide the origins of the virus (probably because they had a part in it). Now they try to hide the truth about Ukrainian bio-labs (probably have a part in that too). I am so over this wicked obfuscation and obscurantism. The ‘information revolution’ was supposed to be about ‘free speech’ or freedom of information anyway – but the ‘black hats’ are (currently) winning. This is a simply awful situation. I suspect it will eventually lead to (worse) authoritarianism or  a revolution. Hard to know which of those is worse too. Whatever happened to the Australia I grew up in which was nothing like any of this – though you may make fun of it? I just want my country (my world) back, please. I begin to understand why older people sometimes say they are tired of living. That is not what they mean at all. They are just tired of what their world has become. Some links: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/not-informed-no-consent-1200-people-died-in-the-first-3-months-of-pfizer-vax/ So, the US now admits (under oath) Ukraine really do have secret bio-weapons labs: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/surreal-fake-russian-claims-of-bioweapons-labs-not-so-fake/ The plot thickens: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/surreal-fake-russian-claims-of-bioweapons-labs-not-so-fake/ Maybe watch the doco. (The Russians are once again claiming to have found lots of American bio-labs). Nothing is ever the way it seems in geopolitics: https://rumble.com/vwxxi8-ukraine-on-fire.html Can it get any more surreal than this: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/breaking-exclusive-hunter-biden-firm-rosemont-seneca-invested-firm-tied-ukrainian-biolabs/


Tucker’s Take – yes, it is ominous: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g2cwGscanAg&t=284s


11/03/2022: Just wow – if only they had found it twenty years ago when maybe 1-2 of the survivors was still alive: https://endurance22.org/endurance-is-found


11/03/2022: This is democracy? Any way the two main parties can lock you out of voting for someone else they will use. A ‘plague on both your houses’: https://www.rebelnews.com/liberal_democrats_lose_high_court_bid_but_lib_dems_march_onward


11/03/2022: And there goes Duckduckgo too. The Ministry of Truth wins again: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/ceo-says-duckduckgo-manipulating-search-results-to-down-rank-russian-disinformation.html


11/03/2022: People - for God’s sake! I’m sorry: it’s just so sexist: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/kamala-harris-the-future-of-our-world-is-being-built-by-women-and-girls.html


10/03/2022: That time of year again – ‘The Fight Between Carnival and Lent’,  Pieter Bruegels: https://giorgiomagnanensi.com/wp-content/uploads/pieter-bruegel_1559-1559_pieter-bruegel-the-elder-the-fight-between-carnival-and-lent.jpg



10/03/2022: The awful game of ‘marriage chicken’ - and the dismal future feminists have created for themselves (and men): https://spectator.com.au/2022/03/the-game-of-marriage-chicken/


10/03/2022: It was not always thus – I am not suggesting we go back to this. One (wonderful) wife is all I need: https://psmag.com/environment/17-to-1-reproductive-success


10/03/2022: The ‘truth’ about the Ukraine – is there ever any truth? Is there ever a war we did not have to have? I am reminded of the Boer War in my grandfather’s time (I have a photo of him proudly in uniform for it). What was that all about? Both sides (it seems to me) were the same people. After the British ‘went away’ they decided to ‘bury’ their differences in a ‘Union’ of SA which might have included a very much expanded SA if things had gone differently and been more (economically) beneficial for all of Southern Africa. I don’t know. I do know that people are not necessarily ‘ready’ for ‘democracy’ as we style it ie one person = one vote - & etc. We do not have that in Oz (yet) anyway given that a Tasmanian vote (for eg) is worth more than ten NSW votes. Earning or qualifying for the franchise is still an important moral point which we largely ignore (at our peril). One thing is sure, war is enormously destructive and only allows someone else (the true enemy?) to build up strength while you ‘squabble’, which is no doubt what is happening during the current conflict. China, Iran etc become much more dangerous and ‘we’ lose the opportunity to form a ‘common front’ against them: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/03/heres_the_truth_on_ukraine_as_far_as_i_can_tell.html  


09/03/2022: Could Russia be losing in the Ukraine? They lost in Afghanistan remember. “Destroy Putin Now”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJrPccGpP08


09/03/2022: Strapless Backpack: I have been thinking along these lines too (just a thought at present) but my ‘solution’ was more a U-shape (like carrying a bag of grain on your shoulders). The hobo’s swag is another example I suppose. This one looks a bit complicated. However, the point is good – one should try to carry the load perched on ones callipygous bottom - as the Bushmen (or women) do. Packs need to be shaped more to fit in to the curve of the spine (the lordosis – two new words for you, perhaps) more, as Mountain Laurel Designs packs are shaped to. I will be making myself a new pack sometime in the future which incorporates this idea, and also the enormous improvement of the horse collar over the yoke (which I suspect most backpacks have not realized yet): https://www.noshoulderstraps.com/


09/03/2022: I love this poem (much as I hate the war that stole the poet from us!) I so agree with the sentiment. It is the small acts of conservation count most. We have an archway I constructed 20+ years ago harbours many fine birds who are maybe our friends. The wrens and antechinus love the blackberries I labour to destroy. The pardalotes find a home in a raw bulldozer cut on the hillside. The sea eagles nest in the open cut, finding the cliffs to their liking. The peregrine sees the Station stacks as merely an eyrie. The whistling kites hunt the ‘pest’ tilapia in the Pondage. Marsh warblers sing from the cumbungi in the roadside drains. The thornbills love spiders in our old sheds. Many birds collect our sheep’s cast wool for their nests…life will find a way: we do not need vast National Parks to destroy nature with vicious wildfires. Such ‘conservation’ is folly:


Fifty Faggots: Edward Thomas 1878-1917


There they stand, on their ends, the fifty faggots

That once were underwood of hazel and ash

In Jenny Pink's copse. Now, by the hedge

Close packed, they make a thicket fancy alone

Can creep through with the mouse and wren. Next spring

A blackbird or robin will nest there,

Accustomed to them, thinking they will remain

Whatever is for ever to a bird:

This Spring it is too late; the swift has come.

'Twas a hot day for carrying them up:

Better they will never warm me, though they must

Light several Winters' fires. Before they are done

The war will have ended, many other things

Have ended, maybe, that I can no more

Foresee or more control than robin and wren.


09/03/2022: Gold is shooting up – time to reach for it, and iodine (for radiation sickness)? https://goldprice.org/


09/03/2022: We need to understand to what extent we are still being obfuscated by the legacy of Herbert Marcuse: “The prepackaged opinions and talking points of political camps, both left and right, are not thought. True thought, rather, is a journey whose destination is unknown. Everything I write wills itself as a step on that journey, a journey that considers nothing too small, and nothing too great, as an object of our sightseeing, a journey where the posture of a statue or the detail in a façade make us pause and look, just as much as do the demise of armies and the rise and fall of civilizations. If you refuse to look at certain sights you come across on that journey—no matter how ugly and hateful they may appear to your imperfect being—then you will quickly get lost on the road and dizzy yourself in a labyrinth of solipsism.” A very thought-provoking and well-written essay: https://quillette.com/2022/03/02/herbert-marcuse/


08/03/2022: This is an otter fisherman. Because they exist it lends credence to the ‘legend’ of wild otters in NZ, a creature the Maori also had a name for (though no-one has yet captured a photograph of one). They have (allegedly) been seen even recently near Tautapere for example. However that may turn out, I feel that there is no doubt Chinese sailors explored the East Coast of Australia (and NZ) long, long ago and that archaeological evidence is out there. Waiting. Even longer ago I suspect Australopithecus (and the like) early men most likely found there way here half a million years or so ago. ‘First Nations’ indeed! What a turn up for our understanding of prehistory their remains will make. They have been found already on utterly unlikely islands in Indonesia (c 800,000BC) where they could only have made their way if they were ocean travelers! https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/videos/536017841085513


Here is a possible example: https://www.facebook.com/bbcearth/videos/536017841085513



08/03/2022: The Modern Headhunter: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/03/box-human-heads-stolen-truck-denver/


This has been happening in Melbourne recently too – what is going on?


08/03/2022: Maybe it will turn out to be a different ‘great reset’:  https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/two-weeks-of-war-undoes-thirty-years-of-energy-propaganda-everyone-wants-fossil-fuels/


08/03/2022: I have been wrong before. Maybe soon we will be talking about a Ukrainian invasion of Russia? https://www.news.com.au/world/europe/russia-ukraine-conflict-live-updates-fighting-ramps-up-as-invasion-enters-12th-day/news-story/45c9a5c9666f1ee992c81dda4e306f0b


This is how it’s done: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/03/how_technology_has_saved_ukraine.html


07/03/2022: Why are we destroying our men: https://www.aei.org/carpe-diem/2020-update-for-every-100-girls-part-i/


07/03/2022: Step Back in Time – a ‘Told You So’ moment. During the 2008 presidential campaign, Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine’: https://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/02/28/Flashback-Palin-Mocked-in-2008-for-Warning-Putin-May-Invade-Ukraine-if-Obama-Elected-President/


07/03/2022: Make the Nimbys pay for their own boondoggles. Absolutely. I wonder how many young Greta followers would choose to opt out of paying more tax? https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/05/british-government-young-people-should-pay-for-climate-action/

07/03/2022: Stop – before it is too late! “Reality -- like truth and goodness -- is not fungible. Whether we wish it to be or not. We did not ask to be born. None of us. No living being. No one ever arranged their own birth. That is the truth, a fact. Impossible. Yet here we are. Therefore, it is simply impossible that our rights come from other humans or living things. Or that reality comes from Mark Zuckerberg.” (‘Fungible’ = ‘interchangeable’) https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2022/03/the_metaverse_artificial_intelligence_and_the_assault_on_reality.html

06/03/2022: China’s ‘defence’ spending up another 7% - some of you will remember the dysphemism ‘Pig Iron Bob’ re Menzies’ allowing the sale of iron to Japan pre WW2. We have to just hope that our (record) sales of iron ore to China is not returned in warships, tanks etc in the near future? https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/china-announces-massive-military-budget-boost-up-71-to-usd-229-billion-in-2022.html


Fortunately Morrison has already stepped up our defence spending: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/peta-credlin-australia-must-turbocharge-its-defence-capabilities/news-story/6c70cd7398b348c16fbe2b9dca97f9da


06/03/2022: The Covid Crimes Trials. You can only hope there will be so that the (now) millions unnecessarily killed by covid because of wicked restrictions of cheap effective drugs  can receive some justice and monsters like our Dictator Dan can be put to the wall: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/dr-andrew-hill-how-many-people-died-because/


06/03/2022: Whatever happened to this: Article 19 from the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers."


However, I can see his point: Tommy Robinson, “Russia has banned Facebook. Meaning Twitter, the BBC and now Facebook gone out of the country. The world would be a better place if everyone followed suit”


06/03/2022: The Citroen Ami a $12,000 EV (unsuited for most roads) – how this is better than a Suzuki A lot is beyond me. Ah, the future…almost glad I won’t be around to see it: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/the-citroen-ami-mini-ev-the-covered-mobility-scooter/


05/03/2022: Time for a good news story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=278&v=PVPyLoYyUVk&feature=emb_title


05/03/2022: Watermelons: I have been saying for years that they are green on the outside and red on the inside – ever since Patrick Moore a Greenpeace founder revealed that the (‘disappearing’) communists took over the ‘environmental’ movement when ‘The Wall’ came down, so long ago now. All that time they have been taking money from the (ex) communists (Putin et al) to destroy the West in every way they could think of, just as ‘fellow travelers’ had been doing amongst us ever since the Bolshevik Revolution (Nov 1917). The enemy within. I know my University days in the 60s were full of them. How many I knocked down with my fists back then, but not enough – and not permanently enough. We let them win. Don’t just think of their ‘environmental’ plans here. Their social (‘marriage equality’, gender identity etc) and economic (welfare, social justice, social housing…) have been just as important - and perfidious. They want a people who are secondary and subservient to ‘The State’. They always have. They are terrified of the idea that the State is a social construct which ‘The People’ implement from time to time for (clearly defined) purposes and ought itself to be secondary and temporary in nature. Primacy is an independent self-sufficient populace going about their own business with as few (external ) rules and controls as possible ie Freedom. They absolutely hate the very idea of freedom. Their money trail and agenda has become clearer in the last little while: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/russian-linked-groups-donated-to-anti-frakking-green-groups-because-they-love-the-planet-right/ 


05/03/2022: I suspect also that Putin will succeed in Ukraine – whether we like it or not – and I do not like it: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10569141/Putin-NOT-crazy-Russian-invasion-NOT-failing-writes-military-analyst-BILL-ROGGIO.html?utm_source=pocket_mylist


05/03/2022: However, sometimes a cheap (new) weapon can change the outcome of a war. This may also happen with submarine warfare. This was (after all) Howard’s ‘solution’ to making Australia impregnable (with missile defences) thirty years ago: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/britishswedish-anti-tank-missiles-a-game-changer-in-defence-of-ukraine.html


04/03/2022: A Balloon Eclipse: https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/bill-thompsons-celestial-numbers-come-up.html


04/03/2022: What can you do with such people? https://www.news.com.au/national/queensland/crime/queensland-saw-amputation-victim-suffered-an-undiagnosed-medical-condition-family-believe/news-story/2304a58be2dd0a3975a269d380598f57


04/03/2022: Another truly remarkable essay by Lord Monckton which makes so many puzzling evils so much clearer. It has made up my mind on a host of issues, not least which side I should be supporting in the current Ukrainian ‘situation’. A must read. Really: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/03/the-strategic-threat-from-net-zero-emissions/


04/03/2022: Who are the real enemies (of the West?) Surely: the Left, Islam and China are the real biggies. I have wondered whether we should even be on the same side as Putin whom I confess I kind of ‘like’ –anyway in a way I do not like Biden. A decision probably more based on the ‘My enemy’s enemy is my friend’ or similar contradictions than any other reasonable process of thought. Don’t know whether he really did ride a bear but he sure looks good in the (photoshopped) images doing it. Just saying: https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/03/is-the-west-cannibalising-itself/


03/03/2022:  Andrew Hastie making it clear we should send more than pronouns or pronunciation. I like this guy – can we have him as PM some day. Well, today? https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2022/03/andrew-hastie-mp-on-sending-australian-ammunition-missiles-to-kill-russians.html


03/03/2022:  Apparently when the Russians actually invade it might be time to realise (too late) you might need energy independence – even if you are a Green nut-job - over to you Scotty: https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/03/01/german-green-party-embraces-coal-lng-and-nuclear/


Another way to put it: https://bariweiss.substack.com/p/the-wests-green-delusions-empowered?utm_source=url&s=r


03/03/2022:  Interesting data. BTW: We are triple vaccinated (Astra Zenica) for one reason or another – eg having needed a knee replacement). Covid certainly seems to have slipped from the front page (before we died of boredom instead) but disquiet about mRNA vaccines continues to increase (in the background). Clearly evidence now of long-term DNA effects which were specifically denied possible at the outset. Novavax has now been approved as a booster (if you still want a vaccine): https://dailyexpose.uk/2022/03/01/russia-distraction-uk-gov-revealed-triple-vaccinated-account-9-in-10-covid-deaths/


03/03/2022:  Maybe long since time we thought about moving Brisbane – building a city in a swamp was never a good idea anyway surely. It just keeps happening – eg three times in 1893 and worse than today: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/the-devastating-floods-of-brisbane-in-1893/


03/03/2022:  Selective Crisis Enhancement (SCE) – we need a new acronym surely? We seem to move or be moved from one ‘crisis’ to another as recently from Covid to the Ukraine. I’m not sure either of them were (worthy) crises) really, but someone (in charge?) is picking these out from the bundle and ordering that they be accentuated as if they were the sole challenge facing humanity – and so that we don’t get to thinking about other things. The folks fighting the war in Mali for example must feel a little left out of this. I might also have been unaware of it too except I was talking to chap at my grandson’s sixth birthday recently who was training soldiers for this conflict, no doubt a worthy cause (though maybe pointless, like most of them). No wonder veterans get to feeling a bit left out when no-one even knows they were fighting (for us/right/etc) in some “s---hole of a county” as Donald Trump styled it, which would probably be better left to its own awful devices anyway! Especially when ‘our ABC’ and other such ‘witch-finders’ seem hell-bent on persecuting then afterwards for perceived nastiness (what soldiers are trained to do after all) they may have performed there.For example: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/watch-live-tucker-carlson-opening-statement-3/


02/03/2022:  You might think the battle for Kiev (Armageddon, Ragnarok, etc, etc) is/are ‘the ultimate battle’, but that accolade must always reserved for the battle for the mind. “That civilisation may not sink, Its great battle lost” as Yeats writes about it in “Long-Legged Fly’ (https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/long-legged-fly/ ) is the ultimate imperative. The role of ‘dissenters’ in underlining this conflict is crucial (and so often ignored/repressed by the media). You do not have to resort to some arcane and difficult text to understand this. I am a lover of the Western (I have to confess). Sometimes this genre has managed to showcase ‘dissent’ better than any other. ‘Friendly Persuasion’ 1956, ‘Sergeant York’ 1941, and ‘High Noon’ 1952 all starring Gary Cooper & ‘Shenandoah’ 1965 starring James Stewart are cases in point. In each case the central character manages to completely challenge the orthodoxy. “No man is my enemy” is the central Quaker meme in ‘Friendly Persuasion’ for example. Perhaps the Ukrainian people will be able to persuade the tanks to stop in a way that the hero of Tienanmen Square did not? Maybe like in ‘Kelly’s Heroes’?

02/03/2022:  At least plastic supermarket bags were recyclable but we have rushed into flooding the world with worthless products which are not: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/03/americas-national-renewable-energy-lab-warns-a-tidal-wave-of-wind-and-solar-waste-is-coming/

02/03/2022:  Completely agree with Neil Oliver: https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/33178

01/03/2022:  This guy was great: Henry Louis Mencken (1880-1956): "I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman's club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave."

01/03/2022:  One thing I notice (and have railed about for years) is that ‘statists’ do seem to believe that the whole ball-game is ‘for the good of the state’ something which we and ours are all just property of - like it was stamped on our bottoms at birth. One thing which really stood out (to me) about 1776 was the Declaration that it was (instead) all about ‘The People’ who could (rightfully) take up arms to remove an unjust government and whose inalienable rights could be removed by such a government but not guaranteed by one. The state needed to be kept within quite narrow circumscribed limits. I still think this is an important watershed moment in history. Government always and everywhere needs to be wound back with power and wealth kept firmly in the hands of The People.

01/03/2022:  What is really going on In the Ukraine? I don’t pretend to know but it is likely to be something different than the Big Tech Newspeak junk we are getting from the mainstream media. The Russians seem to avoid killing civilians or widespread destruction for one thing and may be surrounding and negating Ukrainian forces. Putin claimed all along that his intervention was to counter Nato expansionism and Nazi (sic) undemocratic elements within Ukraine. (The ‘Azov Regiment’ do sound pretty sinister). You could read this on eg Infowars but I can’t even paste a link, so who is more into control ? https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/02/really-going-ukraine-alternative-scenario/

Surely (for example) this ‘news’ story could not be true: https://richardsonpost.com/howellwoltz/25863/putin-destroys-7-u-s-bioweapons-labs-in-ukraine/

01/03/2022:  Well Said Andrew Bolt: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/opinion/andrew-bolt/andrew-bolt-ukrainians-are-heroes-to-all-of-us/news-story/389f6056f6f443bbe104e1cbb98d11c5

01/03/2022:  The Importance of Men:

28/02/2022:  Thank goodness at least the Stock Market is setting new records – I would hate to think the good burghers of Kiev were dying for nothing. Ah, the lovely dividends!

28/02/2022:  I have to own one of these: https://www.atiki.shop/products/kinetic-art?st=&fbclid=IwAR1cVv-uuhn706xHsCORB9T1dy70xuLvXEJCSsdpiKM7rEBhTRt2VOlgmbk

PS: The more I look at and think about this object the more I feel that It can't possibly exist. Surely it defies the laws of physics. Once I could have written out the equations ot show this. By the same token someone once said the same thing about whether bumble bees could fly yet I have seen them doing so. Will I have to purchase one to see whether it is a fake - or a new source of energy? You have to click on the link and open it then scroll down to see the video.

A friend of mine (Brett) explains: “This video explains there’s a hidden device in its base


28/02/2022:  Knee Update 3: Good to know Putin is better than Hitler (at conquering the Ukraine). Four days (to Kiev) as against two months (Barbarossa) has to be a big improvement. I guess in the future this will become something like a competition – the best contenders will be able to completely crush the Ukraine in 24 hours – or less. Good to know (at least) that folks have been practicing this war so many times for the last few thousand years. I suspect that there is something about having names of six or more syllables which angers people. After being told (boorishly) to ‘love one another’ so many times over the years people are still plenty good at hate. This may be related to my current (non-ambulatory) status – on account of the knee replacement, but I can’s get excited about throwing away any of my numerous lives dying for either the Ukies or the Ruskies. Well, I own that I haven’t much of this life left to throw away at all really. I am more about planning seeing (supposing the knee gets going again – soon, please) whether I can still toddle to some out of the way spot to admire the view and listen to the wind in the trees. I am currently researching (isn’t the internet wonderful?) whether I can use cargo drones or ultralight aircraft to assist me. Once I am chasing Della around the house and yard (soon again I hope) such silly plans will soon evaporate. Meanwhile the sheep are simply adoring the month’s hay we put out for them before the op and have already devoured more than half of it, so plans are afoot to see how this can be replaced without me being able to walk or drive a tractor (Round bales of hay are too heavy for drones and would blow away!)

27/02/2022:  Many Ukrainians have (unsurprisingly) not forgotten the Holdomor. There exists an excellent 2019 film about it (eponymously) ‘Mr Jones’. You should steal a copy: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6828390/

27/02/2022: Those of ‘us’ who thought (again and again) we just could not have another war were wrong again – and will continue to be so! If folks think they can have a ‘quick war’ (and win) they will give it a try most every time. Your prayers will do nothing to prevent that. Bullies need to be convinced before they start that they will have neither. This used to be called ‘Defence’. Older people must be reminded of the ‘Phoney War’ period at the beginning of WW2 – let’s hope this is not a repetition. A reminder, real people are dying. I am waiting for major leaders to tell Vlad very loudly to ‘Back Off’ eg ‘Tomorrow we will destroy the Kremlin’.

26/02/2022: What could go wrong: https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg25333751-700-meet-the-robots-that-can-reproduce-learn-and-evolve-all-by-themselves/

26/02/2022: “The peoples of autocratic countries don’t get to choose their governments; that is their tragedy. The peoples of liberal democracies get a choice, and that is theirs. The fact that the people of the United States have chosen to be led by a geriatric incompetent, at this moment in time, is more than a tragedy for America; it is a tragedy for the entire world” https://www.spectator.com.au/2022/02/1939-revisited/

26/02/2022: The dilemma for the West: you can’t win a geopolitical conflict lasting years or decades with an economy powered intermittently by wind turbines and solar panels: https://www.realclearenergy.org/articles/2022/02/24/standing_up_to_putin_means_ditching_net-zero_818493.html



18/02/2022: Harry Cummins make a fine case for why I believe in ‘discrimination’ or ‘discernment’ as I prefer to call it, particularly in relation to immigration but also (for example) in relation to the franchise. ‘No taxation without representation' formed the cornerstone of American democracy you might remember. I would probably prefer to turn that on its head, ie ‘No representation without taxation’ so that you only get to choose who is the government and what the government spends (your) money on if you have contributed (financially) to that government. A very thought-provoking essay anyway: https://quadrant.org.au/magazine/2022/01/the-common-cause-of-china-and-islam/?fbclid=IwAR3RijMTcM2IeC6Sak3AUePXGXeNwHfsDjRfj4O9TZ1imw4slF4RRTAQrqE

18/02/2022: Knee Update #2: I have walked to the toilet and shower (using a walker) and am now all clean and sitting in a chair. All going well so far - and thank you all very much for the kind thoughts and well-wishing. Already planning future hikes - Vic mountains (hopefully by May), Mt Bartle Frere (alternate route) late June, EBC and surrounds late Oct and back to the Dusky (Fiordland, NZ) in Feb/March. An example of where we would like to be: https://www.theultralighthiker.com/2019/11/17/everest-days-1-2-lukla-to-namche-bazar/?fbclid=IwAR1R3V36ZjmJYb0cU-Zq0qKl8MfaiP8uVNkhhuGpmb4ZRtmogowldqcOj1o

17/02/2022: Knee update: Just to let you know that 5 hours after going down to surgery I am siting up in bed and still have ten toes. Time will tell how well all this went. Many thanks for all your good wishes. I will keep you posted,

17/02/2022: Ain’t it the truth: Aussie beer tax slammed as ‘sexist’: https://www.rebelnews.com/aussie_beer_tax_cut_slammed_as_sexist

17/02/2022: If I am a bit quiet for a few days it is because I am in hospital having a knee replacement. Hopefully this gives me a whole new lease on life!

17/02/2022: On the persistence of bad ideas: https://newcriterion.com/issues/2022/2/firing-the-canon

17/02/2022: Terrible news P.J. O’Rourke is dead. Laughter died with him: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/pj-orourke-passes-away/

‘Eat the Rich’, an example of his greatness: https://www.amazon.com/Eat-Rich-Treatise-Economics-ORourke/dp/0871137607?asin=0871137607&revisionId=&format=4&depth=1

16/02/2022: Why SpaceX is going to dominate air freight: https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2022/02/spacex-reusable-rocket-costs-versus-airplanes.html

16/02/2022: The revolution really has begun: 81% of Canadians (already) oppose Trudeau’s response to the trucker protest: https://t.me/TommyRobinsonNews/32561

Trudeau goes full Nazi: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/trudeau-declares-all-truckers-donors-and-honkers-are-terrorists-seize-their-bank-accounts/

16/02/2022: Notice how the Greens and the Left’s vote is collapsing. Conservatives are several points ahead: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/adam_bandt_s_greens_circle_the_drain_as_voter_support_collapses

16/02/2022: Meanwhile Russia is withdrawing its troops from the Ukrainian border – there was zero chance they were going to start a war in Europe anyway when their real enemy is China. The West should be allied with Russia against Islam and China.

Seems that news was highly exaggerated!

15/02/2022: This pub survived the Black Death but could not survive covid lunacy. Let that be a lesson to you all: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/oldest-pub-in-britain-closes-after-1229-years/

15/02/2022: The truckers have brought about a massive change in public opinion in just a month. This indicates the potential for a ‘revolution’ at the polls here in May where it is still possible that a coalition of (mainly new) commonsense elements (some splintering away from the main parties) but including Lib Dems, One Nation United Australia etc could still change Australia permanently (for the better). I’m sure I am not the only person who is utterly tired of the politics we have had forced on us for so long by the two main parties, bureaucrats, unionists, pressure groups & etc: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/more-canadians-support-truckers-freedom-so-trudeau-may-launch-national-emergencies-act/  

15/02/2022: What do greens really want? We must not bow to this sort of climate madness: https://joannenova.com.au/2022/02/amid-energy-crisis-uk-government-uses-regulatory-death-curse-on-massive-local-gas-industry/

15/02/2022: Last Week the “Experts” Admitted Lockdowns Did Not Reduce Mortality Rates — Now They Admit Masking Was Mostly Worthless: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/02/wow-last-week-experts-admitted-lockdowns-not-reduce-mortality-rates-now-admit-masking-mostly-worthless/

May be useful advice: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/heres-how-to-detox-from-the-covid-spike-protein-from-the-jab-or-the-virus/

14/02/2022: Who needs Netflix, etc? The Internet Archive has thousands of fine movies and TV shows for streaming (without ads) for free: https://archive.org/details/feature_films

14/02/2022: Useful Instructable: How to open a locked door without a key: https://www.popularmechanics.com/home/a25318691/how-open-locked-door/

14/02/2022: Well said Joel – everyone needs to step back from trying to steal votes from the extreme Left. Instead these evil forces need to be rejected and exorcised: https://www.skynews.com.au/australia-news/politics/labor-mp-says-party-is-better-off-in-opposition-than-doing-deal-with-greens-in-event-of-hung-parliament/news-story/7a63587e1ddaed778ea38c20917bb051

You should try to understand the cost of green lunacy: https://www.advanceaustralia.org.au/here_s_the_cost_of_a_labor_greens_government

14/02/2022: When you are punished for doing a public service: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/i-have-no-problem-with-this-murder/

13/02/2022: Nature is awesome: https://citizenfreepress.com/breaking/massive-swarm-of-birds-plummet-to-the-earth-dead-very-bizarre-video/

13/02/2022: Amid the witch-hunting of our greatest warrior and hero Ben Roberts-Smith VC please try to understand why we have a military, (Clue: It is not to push some bizarre woke agenda): https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/a-retired-marine-3-star-general-explains-critical-military-theory/ar-AATHzEt?ocid=msedgdhp&pc=U531

13/02/2022: What if a revolution had already started and no-one even noticed (because the media are part of the system). Remember how the collapse of the USSR took us all by surprise? Is that what is happening in Ottawa (and now Canberra)? David Evans, “The great political realignment continues. The ruling class have coalesced — with the establishment right joining the bureaucratic left. They are all college-educated  (but not too bright, you understand), and they love well paid government jobs and government money, and being aligned to the dominant political ideology so they can name-call anyone else and dismiss them without having to actually engage wit